Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive Reuse

Courtesy Marvel Architects

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories.

Adaptive Reuse Winner


St. Ann’s Warehouse
Architect: Marvel Architects
Location: Brooklyn

“The shell of a 19th century industrial building has been given a new life with a minimal intrusion on the original architecture.”
—Ali Tayar, Parallel Design Partnership


On a prominent DUMBO corner along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, the avant-garde St. Ann’s Warehouse built its new home in an 1860 tobacco warehouse. The design within this ruin-like brick building celebrates unexpected materials of glass bricks, black steel, and plywood. A structural steel volume housing the theater is inserted snugly into the walls, allowing the historic arched doors and windows to be both inside and outside. Glass bricks extend the structure above its existing height, recalling the brick of a taller structure that originally occupied the site. It is clearly readable as a new intervention and allows natural light to flood the interior spaces.

Honorable Mention

Tom Harris

Stony Island Arts Bank
Architect: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Designer: Theaster Gates Studio
Location: Chicago

Tom Harris; Steve Hall