OZ Architecture’s modern and innovative work redeveloping airport properties was featured on the national news program CBS This Morning. Managing Principal Becky Stone was interviewed for the segment, where she discussed the challenges and benefits of redeveloping airports for alternative uses, highlighting in particular OZ’s architectural design work for the SmartWool corporate offices in Steamboat Springs and the future site of Punch Bowl Social in Denver, both of which were formerly airport buildings. You can view the full segment here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-americas-abandoned-airports-are-being-reinvented/
Preserving and improving historic buildings and adapting spaces originally designed for a different purpose is something OZ excels at. It’s also something the OZ team particularly enjoys as it provides fresh design challenges and propels thought leadership.
The architecture and design opportunities that the adaptive re-use of iconic structures – like airports control towers and terminals – provide cannot be replicated or recreated. Historic buildings often have a unique beauty, distinctive lines and quirky features, all of which OZ works creatively to preserve and enhance in order to maintain the original site’s authentic vibe while also creating a functional space that feels modern and fresh.
For example, in the case of the SmartWool offices, OZ worked to incorporate large windows overlooking the tarmac of the Bob Adams Airport, which is still being used as a runway for private planes. The design team ensured that workstations were low, allowing for as much natural light as possible, and providing the opportunity for SmartWool employees to watch planes take off and land against the scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
While adaptive re-use may require an additional investment vs. tearing down or starting new, the results speak for themselves, which is why OZ believes this is one architecture trend that’s here to stay. In addition, it’s a less wasteful, more sustainable building practice, something that is increasingly important to clients everywhere who are striving to create more environmentally responsible structures.
The end result enriches what already exists and continues to tell the original building’s story while also ensuring that the mission, values and brand of the new business that will be housed there shine through. When done right, adaptive re-use and historic preservation is an extremely rewarding experience for both the architect and client.