Trees are columns. Copper leaves shade metal boxes which are anchored to a masonry outcropping. Enter to find a grove of steel trees supporting a mahogany canopy. A silver hive is the method of vertical movement. Walls pull apart letting outside in. Along paths, users of the building tap into a utility branch. Rain is diverted from the tree canopy through leaves of copper and trickled down chains, back to the earth.
This project, which includes the adaptive reuse of former industrial site in downtown Wilmington, has been undertaken by the partnership known as MW4. This partnership includes Kersting Architecture, Fitzgerald Wood Products, Kingpost Design & Construction, and Thibodeau Woodworking Inc. each of whom will operate from this site along with additional speculative office and warehouse space. The goal of this project from its outset has been to responsibly reuse existing structures, land and materials in order to construct a campus of building professionals and to foster collaboration between disciplines.
This 44,000 sq. ft. residential condominium building, with four stories of condominiums and a basement-level parking garage, is located on the rapidly growing North end of Downtown. Sited on a corner beside the existing historic National Biscuit Bakery building, circa 1913, which contains office and residential space, the two share a common "alley courtyard" which provides access to the residential units via exterior walkways.
This 54,000 sq. ft. medical office building, with three stories of office space and a basement-level parking garage, is located at a major intersection in a rapidly growing commercial district. At an urban scale, the project maximizes the area available on the site and prefigures the growth and density of the immediate area, while considered at the scale of an individual; it is a study in varying vocabularies of craftsmanship.