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This project involves converting a 100,000 square foot book warehouse into 57 residential lofts in Minneapolis’ north warehouse district. The historic Bookman building was at the center of the railroad yards, produce warehouses, and wholesale markets in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Minneapolis was the world leader in milling. The neighborhood has a rich history of architecture, commerce and politics.
The digital shift in the economy has had an interesting impact on the built environment in Minneapolis. The city’s warehouses, long devoid of grain, flour, and produce are now filling with new residents. This neighborhood is now being reinvigorated by an explosion of growth. New housing, galleries, and restaurants are moving into the warehouse district after decades of decline and neglect.
The new lofts in the Bookman building embrace the existing concrete floors, beams and columns by leaving the material exposed where possible. Therefore, the inserted layer of contemporary living spaces creates an interesting dichotomy between new and old.