FROM THE AIA:
This project occupies the former Johnson Auto Electric building, built in 1917. The design team was inspired by Charles Smith’s in-your-face attitude to create a raw space for offices and a tasting room that highlights the original aesthetic of the building while inserting highly flexible pieces, including a large unit dubbed the “armadillo.” The resulting space can transform from an office, tasting room, and retail store into a dining and entertainment venue. The design team collaborated with fabricators to design the structure as well as the custom furniture. Pieces were fabricated off site and quickly assembled within the building, cutting down on construction time.