15 OCEAN ST - SOUTH PORTLAND, ME
This project took an old 5,000 SF rundown storage warehouse and transformed it into a lively community space. The purchasing of the building was actually contingent on the client's ability to repurpose it, despite many considering it not worth saving. But we knew that the building had good bones, great character and a story that could not be easily recreated.
That being said, many changes took place over the eight month long construction process. The exterior of the concrete block building was completely restored, a new roof was installed, the roof structure was reinforced with light gauge steel framing and a number of steel channels, a new floor slab was poured inside and the building was fully air sealed and insulated. All of that work brought us back to square one - a fully functional building shell!
At the exterior of the building new storefront glazing was installed in all of the existing openings, with a fully glazed overhead door replacing a sliding barn door, for access to the brewery area. The main architectural move was to punch out the formerly solid corner, opening it up to create a main entry, with a wood canopy overhead.
At the interior, inspired by the client's love for Scandinavian design, we used a largely black and white color palette accented with soft mint-green tiles and warm wood. Slatted wood canopies over the bar and dining area help create intimacy in the high ceilinged space and also house mechanical systems. The pub uses the south facing, light filled one third of the building, while the brewery takes up the rest. A semi open kitchen at the back of the space has large exterior windows bringing in light and an even larger service window that give the chefs good visual connection to both the bar and diners.
Photos by: Leslie Benson Designs
Built by: Warren Construction Group
Structural Engineering: L&L Structural Engineering Services