Lockland Rising Building Renovation and Tenaciti Coworking Fit-Out Interior Design

A community organization, Lockland Rising, was struggling to save the historic Stearns and Foster General Office Building. This building once served as the epicenter of the large and thriving Midwestern manufacturing city of Lockland, Ohio. Once the economic engine of the Mill Creek Valley, the village of Lockland is barely recognizable today as the regional hub of manufacturing and retail activity that it was decades ago.

A small group of volunteers dedicated to historic preservation recognized the deep historic importance of the building but were unsure where to start in rescuing it. They knew a coworking space and business incubator would be a way to bring businesses back to the region. The team created a business plan for a coworking space called Tenaciti Coworking.    

A359 Partners in Architecture stepped in to do a building renovation assessment and detailed estimates on the viability of the structure for adaptive reuse as a coworking business hub. The work started with hands-on collaboration with the volunteer group and building owner to understand the team’s vision. A359 studied the historic structure for adaptive reuse and integrated aspects of their coworking interior design work created for the 1819 Innovation Hub to provide a vision for Lockland Rising and Tenaciti Coworking.   

A359 delivered conceptual renderings showing the architectural vision for the space. The renderings were utilized to communicate the group’s vision and build community support. The team was able to show its vision and gain traction for a fundraising campaign. Money raised is currently helping to replace the roof of this historic building.  

A359 has also been instrumental in the overall planning of the stabilization and renovation of the Stearns & Foster Office Building and the interior fit-out of Tenaciti Coworking. Our scope of architectural services includes a building survey and the development of as-built drawings for the Stearns & Foster Building, building stabilization and building envelope renovation. Schematic design, design development and construction documents will follow for the transformation of the facility to open-office work space, tenant suites and meeting spaces.  

We are proud to help Lockland Rising in its commitment to historic renovation and turning Lockland’s vacant buildings into usable spaces that benefit the entire community. 

Salé Medina Cafe and Guest House Renovation

This project involves the revitalization of a baker’s residence and public oven next to the historic Grand Mosque in the medina of Salé. The residence will be converted to a café and guest house with views to the ocean. The public oven will be renovated and continue to serve the local residents. Blending historic character with modern minimalist aesthetic fulfills the goals of both owner and community. This project is being design in collaboration with Clock Café, a restaurant chain fostering cross-cultural experiences with locations in Fes, Marrakech, and Chefchaouen.

Ourika Valley Villa

This rural villa is located in the bucolic Ourika river valley which serves as an escape from the noise of bustling Marrakech. Local building methods and materials create a traditional and rustic sensory experience while still incorporating modern amenities. The arrangement of living room and terraces on the upper floors treats the inhabitants to uninterrupted views of the nearby Atlas Mountains.

Villa Zarzur 

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is a small historic town about 65 km outside of Fez. Perched on a steep mountainside, its medina is built around the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, Morocco's most important pilgrimage site. The nearby ruins of Volubilis draw both Moroccan on foreign tourists who come to explore the ancient remains of this Roman town.

In response to increasing tourism, Villa Zarzur is an adaptive renovation of two abandoned riads which climbs five stories up the rocky hillside and overlooks the mausoleum and town square. Named after a native bird often seen on site, Villa Zarzur will be a boutique hotel with seven guest suites, a dining hall, and roof terraces.

A359 surveyed and assessed the existing structure to determine the best strategy for adapting the old labyrinth of rooms into open, flowing spaces with panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. Working closely with the clients, A359 is developing a vision of a hotel which blends rural Moroccan and classic modern design elements in a minimalist and context-sensitive manner.