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Timber Adaptive Reuse Theatre
by CO Adaptive Architecture

Photo by Naho Kubota

CO Adaptive Architecture has designed the Timber Adaptive Reuse Theatre in New York City, United States.

This project is the transformation of a former metal foundry into a new, light-filled developmental space for theatre artists.

Located in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal district, the building had three previous lives: first, as the Royal Metal Furniture Company foundry; second, as a warehouse and storage facility; and – just prior to this renovation – as highly compartmentalised art studios and office space.

This adaptive reuse project updates and opens the original 1900 timber-and-brick building, and repurposes removed elements as the basis for new architectural features.

Wood is the project's dominant material: old longleaf pine timber is reconstituted, while new insertions are made from cross-laminated timber – the first use of the material on a fully commercial building in New York City.

This project has been shortlisted in the rebirth project category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: CO Adaptive Architecture

Project: Timber Adaptive Reuse Theater

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