The former home of Bethlehem Steel, site of the EPA’s largest brownfield conversion plan in the nation, required further consideration to improve soil pH levels and storm water runoff in preparation for its new mixed-use tenants. Its redesign honors our country’s industrial heritage through preservation and adaptive reuse and provides a healthy, appealing environment for visitors. Most importantly, it has catalyzed a stunning revival of the South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, region.
Architecture: Triptyque Architecture.
Associates: Gregory Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaelli.
General coordinator: Luiz Trindade.
Client: RED BULL.
Built area: 1,680 sq.m.
Total floor area: 1,944 sq.m.
Photographs: Triptyque Architecture.
An island of culture in downtown São Paulo.
The National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory on Penn Avenue, built in 1918, was part of a nationwide expansion plan. In-house architect Albert G. Zimmermann designed the new seven-story plant in compliance with the company’s values of style and worker dignity. Its large windows for natural lightning, showers and locker rooms for employees, and fireproof stairways made it a point of reference even before construction – it was already written about in 1912 and 1916. Other bakeries opened around Nabisco along and near Penn Avenue in the 1920s and 30s.