CAMP NORTH END. charlotte, nc
CLIENT: ATCO Properties & Management. SCOPE OF WORK: Masterplanning, Architecture, Interior Design. SIZE: 1 301 228 SF. LOCATION: 1824 Statesville Ave. Charlotte, NC. STATUS: Design. PROGRAM: Retail, Mixed Use.
A HISTORY OF INNOVATION
Once an early 20th century industrial complex that manufactured Ford Model Ts and missiles, Camp North End is being redeveloped into a hub for innovation and creativity in Charlotte. S9 Architecture devised the master plan and adaptive reuse campaign for the 76-acre mixed-use site, creating a unified campus designed to encourage collaboration and community. This phased development by ATCO, in partnership with Shorenstein Properties will feature 1.8 million sf of large- and small-scale creative office space and retail, as well as light industrial and event space, with potential for future residential and hospitality use.
A PROGRAMMATIC APPROACH TO PLACEMAKING
An experiential passageway carved through the existing structures creates a link between the campus’ 12 key buildings and promotes pedestrian and vehicular circulation through the site. These points of juncture connecting the Gama Goat Building, Ford Building, the Mount, and the Boileryard act as a series of experiential ‘moments’ that draw visitors from one zone to the next. Each distinct portal becomes a memorable place activated with retail pods, food vendors, and space to gather. Selective architectural interventions adapt Camp North End’s massive buildings for contemporary co-working, maker enterprise, food and beverage, and commercial applications. Industrial details are exposed and preserved throughout, celebrating the complex’s rich history and character. Refurbished clear stories bring natural daylight to office spaces and an indoor conservatory, and interior layout guidelines maintain the buildings’ open expanses and view corridors.
Camp North End realizes the potential of this long-vacant site as a versatile home for ideation and recreation, located minutes from the core business district. With principal structures all over 180,000 sf per building, this creative campus turns the city’s largest collection of historic buildings into its most ambitious adaptive reuse project yet, incubating innovation in Charlotte, and offering room to grow.