The Architect-Client relationship is always different. Clients range from:
- needing a full concept as well as instructions for following through; to
- only needing a hand sketch to provide some broad strokes to then take it and run with it.
And then there is Dave Colestock.
He isn't the first client to have some sketches of the layouts he had in mind. But this would be the first client who was not only a graduate of architecture but knowledgeable of historic design precedents such as Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Wiener Werkstatte. If that weren't enough, his previous auto repair shop in Ames, Iowa was designed by a former Norman Foster apprentice. 9.SQUARE is no Norman Foster, but we have truly enjoyed working with Mr. Colestock to create a high-design experience for a customer base that cares passionately about both cars AND design.
The existing warehouse is not much to look at, and more well known as the former home of Pace Electronics. Johnny-on-the-spot Jeff Kiger broke the news days after the sale was completed to Mr. Colestock. Now he has his own slice of the up and coming 6th Avenue NW corridor which boats Dwell Local and the Urban Easel in the former Paws and Claws facility on the corner of 7th Street NW.
Originally the structure was built as the Reynolds Warehouse back in the 1950s and added onto in sections over the years backing up to Cascade Creek and Cook Park to the west. Upon review of the original construction documents and poking around the front of house office space, we discovered the use and design that most matched the auto repair use Mr. Colestock had in mind was very much in line with the original layout. Being selective about the pieces we are removing has allowed the restoration process to dictate our design moves and added an aesthetic layer of petina that is unmatched.
Demolition is well underway and facade improvements are slated to begin shortly to beat winter's approaching ire. Mazeppa's own Mike Meyers will be commissioned to transform the exterior. I am sure he gets asked all the time to translate an early 19th century German design school conceptualization for a refurbished warehouse specializing in wrenching on specialized German engineered vehicles. You know, pretty straight forward.