An interesting trend in current urban housing initiatives is adaptive reuse, which entails taking an old, vacant, unused and often dilapidated building and repurposing it into newer, affordable residences for young urban dwellers which can include young families. When these old abandoned Foundry factories are redesigned into apartments, designed specifically for affordable, repurposed housing, an entire neighborhood is often transformed into a new living environment where everyone can succeed.
The redevelopment process keeps a neighborhood connected to its history; instead of tearing down and building new, it’s a reformation of the old. Often during construction, people visit the project site and remember – how their relatives used to work in the old factory. This connection to the local neighborhood history is important, these old factory buildings are important, and saving them is important.
One part of adaptive reuse is our ability to reuse parts of these older buildings and utilize them into the redesign. It’s a great example of sustainability-being able to do things such as repurpose original wood flooring, reuse rolling steel fire doors or even repurpose the old windows and use them in creative and fun ways. These
These affordable adaptive reuse housing developments bring life back to an area, financial resources back to the local marketplace, and safety back to the neighborhood. The results can be truly transformational for a person, a family, a neighborhood, and a city. Adaptive reuse is a means to positively impact lives and communities thru meaningful design. Below are three old foundry factory buildings in North America that have been turned into housing.
Another example in Washington, DC is interesting in that it contains retail leasing and housing. The building is different than the building in Toronto because it has more floors. https://www.foundryloftsdc.com/
In Jersey City, New Jersey the Foundry Lofts has 158 units. This building is located in another area that is redeveloping. The development is close to New York City.