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Reurposed Century-Old Firehouses

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Redesigned an old-Fashioned Building

— May 24, 2018 — Art & Design
The renovations of old-fashioned buildings always entail two things — the preservation of original frameworks and notable details of the previous structure and the integration of a modern aesthetic with tech-driven embellishments or sophisticated minimalism. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill embark on a project to execute such a conversion for the headquarters of the hat maker, Optimo.

The new factory finds its home in a century-old firehouse in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. As far as old-fashioned buildings go, the architectural marvel is the perfect site for Optimo — a hat company that develops its products with a 20th-century technique and one that has received a cult-like following. This project brings all of the brand's departments together, ensuring "an efficient and collaborative workflow."

Photo Credits: Tom Rossiter
Trend Themes
1. Repurposed Historic Buildings - The trend of repurposing century-old buildings offers opportunities for innovative designs that blend old and new, preserving historical elements while incorporating modern aesthetics and technology.
2. Tech-driven Architecture - The integration of technology-driven embellishments in architectural design creates disruptive opportunities to enhance functionality, efficiency, and collaboration in workspaces.
3. Sophisticated Minimalism - The trend of incorporating sophisticated minimalist design elements in renovated buildings presents opportunities to create sleek, modern spaces that focus on simplicity and clean aesthetics.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - The architecture and design industry can explore innovative approaches to repurposing historic buildings, incorporating technology, and creating sophisticated minimalist designs.
2. Fashion and Apparel - The fashion and apparel industry can utilize repurposed historic buildings to create unique and authentic brand experiences, merging traditional craftsmanship with modern production techniques.
3. Workplace Efficiency Solutions - The industry focused on workplace efficiency solutions can develop technology-driven architectural designs that optimize collaboration, productivity, and workflow in repurposed old-fashioned buildings.
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