Architects: Heidi Hefferlin, Principal; Craig Kronenberg, Principal
Photography: Sarah Dorio
Ridgedale Mill spans a whole city block, with buildings allocated for apartments, commercial and grocery stores, and a brewery. The unique complex is an adaptive reuse from an old textile factory used for dyeing yarn, and is even part of the historic register in Chattanooga. HK implemented a design plan that would incorporate significant sustainable efforts as well as establish strong connections with the nearby streets for greater visibility and an enhanced pedestrian experience.
HK’s sustainable elements uniquely met the historic preservation of the site. We kept the original volumes of the residential building, but added a roofdeck as well as solar panels for a thoroughly modernized living experience. We also designed roof water collection that could be stored in the preserved landmark water tower for irrigation and fire protection.
Strategic placement of entrances increases connection to the neighborhood streets throughout the development, improving pedestrian access to the stores and brewery on site. The project’s design, currently in the funding phase, is a delightful example of powerful adaptive reuse to create live, work, and play within one cohesive development.