Center for Craft Renovation
In the Fall of 2019 the Center for Craft celebrated its grand reopening of the National Craft Innovation Hub in downtown Asheville. The National Craft Innovation Hub was created with the intention of providing office, event, and gallery space for creative collaboration among artists, researchers, curators and other members of the community. Its purpose is to promote and support craft in an increasingly digital age by serving as a creative destination and a resource to those who contribute to this movement.
The Center for Craft headquarters is in a historic four-story brick structure that was built in 1912. We worked with Center for Craft to renovate the building, maintain its historic certification and highlight the beauty of its existing structural systems. Breathing new life into three of the building’s four stories, we sought to bring attention to new modern elements while retaining the layered history of the building’s masonry walls. Balancing conservation with cost-effective solutions resulted in the juxtaposition of thoughtful new design elements to the concrete shell.
The building now provides the Center with 16,000 square feet of space including new art galleries, versatile event spaces, private and open offices, a commercial coffee bar, flexible lecture/meeting spaces, a catering kitchen, and more. Our design intention was to bridge the gap between the past and future by retaining the building’s historic features while pushing the boundaries of craft through highly innovative and modern design.