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."
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