Design News: Historic Maine building devastated by fire is finally renewed by New York Firm Present Architecture

present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 7xjrF3

The 660 Congress Street at Portland, Maine was luckily in the hands of the talented firm Present Architecture after being abandoned for many years due to fire damage. The building had been exposed to an extensive water damage that nearly everything was destroyed, down to the brick!

Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building Design News Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 7

New York firm Present Architecture decided to take advantage of its historic facade to rebuild a new one within the existing brick walls. The design of the apartments was a trace of the silhouettes of the mansard roof with gently curving walls.

Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building Design News Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 5

The entire structure was rethought to provide open apartment layouts and a column- free commercial space. On a perspective of improving the existing elements, the architects created a modern interior with expansive skylights, to bring light into the spaces.

“The fire presented a clean slate, and the approach was to create a new design aware of the past, but not bound to it”

Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building Design News Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 3

On the ground floor and basement you’re able to find commercial spaces and, at the upper floors, a pair of two-bedroom apartments. In other areas, fragments of the building‘s history were left untouched like arched doorways, original brick work, fireplace and fire escapes that were converted to balconies for the apartments.

present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building banner MDA n6

See also: Office Project Architects Turn Beijing Factory into a Home Studio

Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building Design News Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 2

Present Architecture created commercial spaces on the lower level that now include storefronts to display merchandise and let more light in, making contrast with the intricate restored brick and terracotta facade.

Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building Design News Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building 6

The new residential also features a blackened steel staircase with solid white oak treads that leads up to the residential units. These stairs have thin industrial lines of steal, casting shadows from the overhead skylights.

On the architecture of this building they used only high quality materials and building methods to reinforce the ambitions of this renovation.

“Many of the modern improvements are hidden from view, such as new HVAC and utilities, code compliant structural work, and upgraded environmental and life safety systems”

See also: Studio Bazi Creates Sleeping Box for Minimalist Apartment in Moscow

present architecture Design News: Present Architecture Restores Historic Maine Building banner blogs M O 2017

Latest Articles