The transformation of this two-story vacant office building, previously home to Southwestern Bell administrative staff, into the three-story 430 Lofts complex was a more-than-welcome alteration in the booming Midtown area of Oklahoma City.
Originally built in 1955, the existing skin of the building had been modified several decades ago and was in poor condition, with non-efficient window and wall systems. Brick was beginning to separate from the walls but the building had sound concrete bones.
The structure was gutted, an additional floor added, and the space was converted into 26 rental units, several of which have some of the most outstanding views of the downtown skyline available in the market.
Some interior and exterior elements of the original building were preserved and given a new purpose. An elevator shaft becomes a one-of-a-kind bedroom in one of the more popular units. The original entry canopy provides a unique source of shade in one unit's garden patio.
A major consideration of the new design was the intent to keep the mature trees that lined that north side of the building. Measures to keep these Sycamores intact went so far as to provide breaks in the new sidewalks to go around existing root systems of the majestic trees. These trees also provided the inspiration for the overall green design concept of the project. Extensive use of open metal fencing provides a trellis system for lush greenery to grow and climb.