Renaissance Box

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Project Type: New Construction and Adaptive Re-use Affordable Housing; St. Paul, MN

Client: Aeon

Aeon selected LHB for the rehabilitation of the historic O’Donnell Shoe Company into affordable rental housing in downtown St. Paul. Constructed in 1914, the seven story brick and concrete building was converted into 70 efficiency, one, and two bedroom apartments. The historic character of the structure’s concrete mushroom columns will be celebrated in the wide, daylit corridors. Community spaces are located in a new first floor addition with glazed overhead doors that provide a connection with both the street and the interior courtyard. Many sustainable strategies are used in the design, notably resource conservation by the adaptive re-use of an existing building and the project’s urban location adjacent to public transportation and amenities within walking distance. Renaissance Box was awarded the 2013 Affordable Housing Design Award from AIA Minnesota and The McKnight Foundation. The video can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/81410111

 


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