Out of cold storage

Got us thinking again about Central Warehouse in Albany: the conversion of an almost century-old Chicago cold storage warehouse into a mixed-used development. The building's recent appearance might remind you a little of Albany building -- the renderings for the finished project will not. Unlike Central Warehouse, the Chicago facility was actually being used until recently -- so it had to be thawed out. [Curbed] [Chicago Business] [Yo Chicago Flickr] [Skyscraper Page] [Edible Geography] [via TMN]


The Chicago warehouse was built with architectural massing and detailing - the Central Warehouse is an ugly featureless lump of ugliness that will need to be completely covered to present an acceptable appearance. The only thing in favor of converting the structure is the sheer cost of demolition and removal.

@Eric some of us like the imposing and squared off industrial design. I think I'd look awesome with just a good paint job.

I have no idea what the condition of the building is or if this would be feasible, but when I first heard of vertical farming, I thought this would be a good building for that kind of project.

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