After more than 50 years of abandonment and appearing on lists of most Tennessee’s most endangered buildings, the renovation of the historic Tennessee Brewery building (c. 1890) and construction of the new adjacent Wash House and Bottle Shop apartments are underway. What was once home to the largest brewery in the South and the region’s best example of Romanesque Revival architectural style, will now house a total of 148 residential units plus 16,000-square-feet of commercial and office space. A second phase will add an addition 130 units. The parking garage that serves these buildings is nearly complete, which marks the first milestone in the Brewery District Development.
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The goal of the Pinch District concept study is to create a walkable mixed-use urban district, building upon the unique history and character of the area and reinforcing connections to downtown Memphis assets including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Cook Convention Center, BassPro at The Pyramid and the Uptown District neighborhood. Concepts include multi-story mixed use buildings housing office, retail, and residential uses, a hotel, parking, a pedestrian bridge, artistic lighting features, and underpass lighting improvements, among others. LRK was selected in 2015 to lead a planning effort in partnership with the City’s Division of Housing and Community Development, the Memphis/Shelby Co. Office of Planning and Development, and the Downtown Memphis Commission along with area stakeholders and service providers.
Located within The Canals at Grand Park in Frisco, Texas, The Maxwell is a four-story, high density, wood framed apartment development offering studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, as well as a two-story floor plan known as the treehouse that features a game room, screened-in porch, and private garage. The Maxwell is designed to be fully integrated into the pedestrian-friendly Grand Park TND neighborhood and streetscape and provides a rich assortment of community amenities, including a paseo with fireplaces, TVs, and outdoor seating, as well as a courtyard with grill stations and fire pits. LRK provided architectural design for The Maxwell, community design guidelines for both the residential and commercial areas of Grand Park, and serves as Town Architect.
After an exhaustive search of the city of Memphis, as well as other cities across the nation, ServiceMaster decided on renovating the long-vacant Peabody Place Mall for their new corporate headquarters. In an effort to consolidate locations and bring 1,200 employees under one roof, the four-story Peabody Place will be transformed into a 328,000-square-foot Class A office space. The 20,000-square-foot ground floor space, formerly occupied by Tower Records, will also be transformed into a collaborative technology and innovation center. LRK is providing architectural core and shell services for the renovation and prepared initial vision documents to present design possibilities to ServiceMaster, Belz, and the Downtown Memphis Commission.
When renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum’s exhibition space required their offices to be moved, an adjacent nondescript warehouse was selected and restored as the most suitable new location. The front façade, a massive solid masonry plane, alludes to the formidable barriers of the Civil Rights era, while a new entry, accented by a single point of light, symbolizes hope in a future of equality. Skylights allow daylight into the open office area, and glass fronts at private offices maintain a sense of spaciousness. Historic building materials thoughtfully blend with modern, while the color palette recalls the signage of the Lorraine Motel.
Meadowbrook Park, formerly a 136-acre golf and country club facility, is re-envisioned in a plan that retains 84-acres of the original site as a public park and focuses on existing centrally-located ponds. Two new residential neighborhoods flank the ponds with a mix of single family homes, attached homes, luxury apartments, and a senior living complex. An inn with restaurant and ancillary commercial spaces is centrally-located in a garden alongside the northernmost pond. The neighborhood form and building locations preserve mature trees and blend with the park through a formal frontage, green courtyard connections, and neighborhood parklettes that act as a continuation of the park experience.
The James is located on the south end of Midlane, a mixed-use development in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, Texas. The James is phase one of the overall Streetlights Residential development known as The Azalea. Traditionally designed around an entry courtyard and motor entrance, the building is eight stories of brick and cast stone with a mix of residential types from townhouses and large corner units to studio and one bedrooms. The James has 344 units with luxury amenities, including a full-service resident-only bar, a fully-outfitted supper kitchen and dining room, and a state-of-the-art media and communal living room. The building is anchored around a split-level landscaped courtyard that combines brick walks, outdoor cooking, and a resort-style pool. The James is also served by a six-level integrated parking garage.