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1st Avenue Commercial Office, Tucson, Ariz.

1st Avenue Commercial Office, Tucson, Ariz.

  • A shot of the building before renovation began.

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    A shot of the building before renovation began.

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    A shot of the building before renovation began.

  • Seen at night, the building is a welcome change to the neighborhood.

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    Seen at night, the building is a welcome change to the neighborhood.

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    Seen at night, the building is a welcome change to the neighborhood.

  • The entry features concrete and steel with a solar array that provides shade.

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    The entry features concrete and steel with a solar array that provides shade.

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    The entry features concrete and steel with a solar array that provides shade.

  • The entry also offers a tranquil courtyard with a rock garden.

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    The entry also offers a tranquil courtyard with a rock garden.

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    The entry also offers a tranquil courtyard with a rock garden.

  • The entry garden seen from the north.

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    The entry garden seen from the north.

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    The entry garden seen from the north.

  • Floor to ceiling glass offers views of the courtyard, while sliding polycarbonate panels create private spaces inside.

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    Floor to ceiling glass offers views of the courtyard, while sliding polycarbonate panels create private spaces inside.

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    Floor to ceiling glass offers views of the courtyard, while sliding polycarbonate panels create private spaces inside.

  • A view of the conference room.

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    A view of the conference room.

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    A view of the conference room.

  • The architect's studio occupies the front of the building, while a workshop is located in the rear.

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    The architect's studio occupies the front of the building, while a workshop is located in the rear.

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    The architect's studio occupies the front of the building, while a workshop is located in the rear.

  • A section of the site and building.

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    A section of the site and building.

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    A section of the site and building.

 

1st avenue commercial office, tucson, ariz.
repp design + construction
tucson

Our judges were blown away by Repp Design + Construction’s adaptive reuse of an old Kentucky Fried Chicken into a light-filled architectural office and fabrication shop for the firm. One judge called the result “completely transformative,” which is why the jury gave it a Grand award in its category.

“As a design/build firm, we really wanted to find a place where we could house our design office and our fabrication shop,” says Page W. Repp Jr., AIA. “We found this existing 4,500-square-foot building, which didn’t have much going for it, but it was on a large lot and had potential.”

On the plus side, the building had a large circular driveway—a remnant of the restaurant’s drive-thru—but it had undesirable west-facing glazing that had to be addressed. The firm gutted the building and created a landscaped entry courtyard and screen system to prevent heat gain. A large open plan in the front houses the studio and a 1,100-square-foot addition in back is reserved for the garage and workshop. Interiors are straightforward, with concrete floors, exposed roof trusses, and gypsum walls.

Said one jury member, “Simple elegant solutions for a forgotten, lost building.”

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