Urban Redevelopment

The Fishtown neighborhood in Philadelphia is about to become brighter.

This winter, Lighthouse Architecture was tapped for an adaptive reuse project involving the conversion of a vacant early 20th-century industrial structure into a mixed-use facility.

“The project offered the chance to add an upscale eatery to the neighborhood sidewalk, and rooftop green space for the residents,” says AIA architect and Lighthouse founder Peter J. Porretta.

Porretta’s team produced a unique concept featuring 15 one-bedroom residential units suited to young professionals and couples. The Lighthouse design includes a street-level bar and restaurant, with basement food preparation; internal parking, utilizing mechanical lifts; and bicycle storage for residents.

The true delight of the renovated building lies in the green rooftop space, a landscape featuring a variety of common areas. A picnic/barbeque zone, container gardens for herbs and flowers and a fire pit for having a beer with your neighbor are among the highlights of outdoor life above the city streets.

Porretta’s intent was to maintain the building’s historical character while adding new urban details. “The rooftop rail is recessed so as not to detract from the historical significance of the façade,” he explains.

Construction is planned for the summer of 2013.

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