Originally built in 1892 by the Arrott Steam Power Mill Company, this historic building is being reimagined and transformed into a modern mixed-use development to be called Viking Mill. The new design seamlessly integrates the building's rich history with contemporary features, creating a harmonious blend of old and new.
The adaptive reuse acknowledges the building's historical significance while breathing new life into its architectural framework. The original structure, once a bustling textile mill producing a range of goods including yarn-woolen, cotton goods, woolen goods, and textile carpets, will retain much of its historic façade, ensuring the preservation of its character and heritage.
Designblendz has taken a forward-thinking approach to the redevelopment, incorporating a six-story addition that harmonizes with the existing building's architecture. The ground floor of the expansion will offer industrial space, providing opportunities for creative businesses to thrive within the community while the upper floors provide 100 dwelling units addressing the growing demand for housing in Philadelphia. The existing mill building has also been renovated to provide 77 dwelling units and 7 artist studios.
The two-story roof deck serves as a focal point, offering residents breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline while enjoying the heated pool and hot tub. Additionally, a dog walk area has been included, catering to the needs of pet owners. Indoor lounge spaces provide opportunities for relaxation and socializing, fostering a sense of community among residents.
The adaptive reuse of Viking Mill will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the East Kensington neighborhood. By repurposing an underutilized historic building, this development contributes to the revitalization of the area, attracting new residents and businesses. The integration of industrial spaces encourages entrepreneurship and fosters a vibrant local economy, bringing increased foot traffic and activity to the community.
|Client||Chatham Bay Group|
"An East Kensington art studio will be repurposed and a one-story building demolished to make way for a 178-unit mixed-use development."
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