The 1923 Arizona Ice and Cold Storage Company building, once one of Tucson’s ice manufacturing plants, has been remolded into the Ice House Lofts, 51 distinctive loft residences. The authentic industrial character of the existing shell building was preserved, while infusing the interiors with 48 modern residential units. An additional three units were added in a new triangular structure. A pool, pool house and a storage building were among the amenities added for tenants.
Adaptive re-use of an abandoned building fosters a new model of development for the Southwest, meeting the needs of those who desire to live in a vibrant, urban community. Materials reclaimed from the old building are re-used as yard and pool fencing, while ice making equipment was sandblasted and displayed throughout the project. New balconies and shading structures add detail and scale to the complex and its occupants. Each element provides greater living experiences and environmental protections for moderating energy use.
The project required close collaboration with city officials, consultants and contractors. The success of the project has given other developers courage to take on similar inner city re-development projects as Tucson seeks to re-define and re-build its downtown.
I was involved in the early design and facilities assessment of this project. I worked on setting up the documents and the pricing that would take the project from Schematic Design into Design Development.
Deep Freeze Development LLC
John Folan Architect, LLC associate architect
Chris Winters & Associates landscape architect
Sonoran Institute Building
Building from the Best Awards
Creative Reuse and Rehabilitation
AIA Western Mountain Region