Saving Brick & Mortar: Adaptive Reuse & The Future of Retail
New generations and rapid developments in technology have changed the way consumers shop for goods which ultimately has shaped the type of developments necessary to support the retail experience.
With consumers’ preference for proximity and authenticity, developers look to convert existing buildings into lively, mixeduse retail centers that compliment the local culture and embody its character.
Working with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, this adaptive reuse project, expected to be complete in 2020, will transform former industrial buildings into a lively, mixed-use development containing 100,000 square feet of creative office space and 100,000 square feet of chef-driven restaurants, first-to-market retailers and studio fitness concepts. It will also include walkable development with parks, public art and an abundance of bicycle parking.
8200 Washington consists of the renovation of an existing two-story pre-engineered metal building to be used as a mixed use retail development called Railway Heights. The original building was an unoccupied steel framed warehouse in a historically industrial area of Houston, which has in recent years become a coveted zip code. When completed, 8200 Washington will be an essential retail/restaurant destination to serve an area with a rapidly growing residential population.
Memorial Trail Ice House is an indoor/outdoor beer garden planned to be complete early 2020. This beer garden is located steps away from Memorial Park and is designed to be as a social extension to the park. The bar will be 4,668 square feet while outside there will be a 10,000 square foot outdoor patio and outdoor space.
Ancorian’s The Block on Canal St. in East Downtown is transforming and redesigning an old warehouse into mixed-use concept with coworking and retail space.
East Village is a finalist for the Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute’s annual awards: The Development Distinction Awards. East Village is a mixed-use project for retail and office space. It is also home to Method Architecture’s Houston office.