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Home to one of Tucson’s ice manufacturing plants until it closed permanently in 2002, the Ice House Lofts are 51 distinctive residences located i… Read More
Home to one of Tucson’s ice manufacturing plants until it closed permanently in 2002, the Ice House Lofts are 51 distinctive residences located in the 1923 Arizona Ice and Cold Storage Company building. The design preserves the authentic industrial character of the existing building’s exterior shell while simultaneously infusing it with new life in the Read Less
Rob Paulus, Architect
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.

Tucson, Arizona
Deep Freeze Development LLC
design team
John Folan Architect, LLC associate architect
Chris Winters & Associates landscape architect
73,253 sf
completion date
May 2005
Sonoran Institute Building
Building from the Best Awards
Creative Reuse and Rehabilitation
AIA Western Mountain Region
Merit Award
Rendering for market sales.
Rendered Site Plan
Site Plan
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan
Fourth Floor Plan
Roof Deck Floor Plan
Building G First Floor Plan
Building G Second Floor Plan
North Elevation
South Elevation
West Elevation
East Elevation
Building G North Elevation
Corridor Cross Section
Condo Cross Section
Condo Section G
Section G-G
Study Model
Study Model
Sketch model.
Sketch Model.
Ice Block for marketing photo shoot.
Aerial Photograph.
West panoramic view.
East panoramic view.
Building B before the renovation.
Building E brick detail.
Existing Interior of Building A
Existing Interior of Building E
Existing water tank.
Example of existing gauges.
Existing Equipment
Existing interior detail.
Before and After North Elevations
Before and After South Elevations
Renovated Buildings B and C.
Pool with Building E.
Pool Area
Pool Towards main building.
Pool area.
Equipment Building
Parking Lot from Entry Gate.
Retain Area and Fencing.
Building Signage
Ice Making Equipment on display.
Access to street.
Parking Lot
Bike Rack and Pool Area.
Detail of Building B.
Mail Boxes
Unfinished Interior
Renovated Building B
Weight Room Railing.
MEP and day lighting in the work out room.
Historic Photographs of the Ice House.
Workout room.
Historic Gauges.
Workout room.
Historic Ice Equipment
Down the stairs.
South Wall.
Roof Structure.