The Assembly Building At Clipper Mill

Baltimore, MD United States

Cho Benn Holback + Associates

 

Project Description

2008 RADA

Adaptive Reuse / Grand

So many urban loft conversions all but obliterate the building's sense of history. This one celebrates it as a ruin, rough edges and all. Built circa 1890, this part of the historic mill complex had been slowly disintegrating when a fire burned the roof off, leaving only a masonry-and-steel shell. In an effort that David Benn, AIA, likens to putting a ship in a bottle, the design team inserted a ground-level concrete plinth that houses office space. Above are two floors of two-level loft units that align with the existing double-height arched windows. Light filters into the commercial core through pyramid skylights cut into a second-story open-air courtyard. Lit at night, they glow upward like jewels.

The architects opened another three-story light well that exposes a basement-level stream. “We cut an opening into the stream, so theoretically you could be sending a fishing line down,” Benn explains, “but it looks more like the sewers of Paris, with a cobbled bottom.” To make living there even more fun, a hike-and-bike greenway also runs through the renovated building.

The jury applauded the firm for preserving a sense of the original shell. “These buildings are being demolished so fast, and to keep this is great,” said one judge.

 

Project Details

The Assembly Building At Clipper Mill
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Project Team:
    David Benn, Principal In Charge; Davin Hong, Robert Lyon, Project Architect.
Consultants:
  • General Contractor: Tim Pula 
  • Developer: Tim Pula 
 
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Project Size:
    62,794 sq ft
Construction Cost:
    $7,849,250
 
 

Specified Products

Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures:Crane Plumbing; Bathroom and Kitchen Cabinets: Masco Builder Cabinet Group (Merillat); Countertops:Wilsonart International; Dishwasher, Range: Electrolux Home Products (Frigidaire); Entry Doors:Bunting Door & Hardware Co.; Exterior Siding:CENTRIA Architectural Systems; Flooring (vinyl):Armstrong World Industries; Garbage Disposer:Whirlpool Corp.; Hardware:DORMA Architectural Hardware, Yale Residential Security Products; Hvac Equipment:A.O. Smith Corp., YORK; Skylights/Roof Windows:The Vistawall Group (Naturalite); Windows:Kawneer North America, MI Windows and Doors

 
 

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