RESIDENTIAL
RESIDENTIAL
RESIDENTIAL

Mueller Lofts

Mueller Lofts

Mueller Lofts

The central core opens to reveal a hidden Japanese-inspired garden that permits light and views, and serves as an oasis to the tenants with a nod to the district’s Asian heritage. 
—Always By Design

The central core opens to reveal a hidden Japanese-inspired garden that permits light and views, and serves as an oasis to the tenants with a nod to the district’s Asian heritage. 
—Always By Design

The central core opens to reveal a hidden Japanese-inspired garden that permits light and views, and serves as an oasis to the tenants with a nod to the district’s Asian heritage. 
—Always By Design

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Hidden behind a row of sycamore trees on a quiet residential street in Cleveland’s AsiaTown neighborhood sits the Mueller Loft apartment building – reborn from the Mueller Electric Company Factory constructed in 1922.  The original two-story building was a small, post-and-beam structure with smooth red brick and simple masonry detailing.  As the company expanded over 90 years, multiple additions resulted in a deep and dark floor plate (120’x400’) with large steel windows relegated almost entirely to the west facade. 

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In first visiting the site, the most striking feature was the west façade’s windows filtering light through the trees along East 31st Street.  The greatest challenge was how to bring natural light and views into the recessed spaces of the factory. The solution was three-dozen new window openings, 12 skylights, and most dramatic of all – opening the core of the building to a “hidden” Japanese-inspired garden that would permit light and views, and serve as an oasis to the tenants with a nod to the district’s Asian heritage. 

 

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As a historic landmark in Cleveland, the exterior masonry and windows are completely restored to their original state.  Modern charcoal trim and details give the building a 21st century industrial aesthetic.  New landscaping and sidewalks along the west edge provide a softer, pedestrian path for the entire neighborhood.

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Opposite the trend of small, high-efficiency units in the surrounding market, Mueller’s interior design capitalizes on the tall factory ceilings and enormous windows to let light travel deep within the unit.  The original roof structure is exposed throughout, weaving in new conduit, piping and ductwork to accentuate the industrial feel.  The result is 51 spacious, light-filled lofts with a wide mix of layouts ranging from 570 square-foot studios to 1,400 square-foot three-bedroom apartments.

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The building is now fully compliant with Enterprise Green Community Standards.  Playful and eclectic LED lighting serves the building’s public spaces, stairwells and corridors reminding tenants and visitors of its electric past.  Altogether, this historic restoration continues to ensure its future.

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CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

Cleveland Restoration Society
Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Award

AIA Cleveland
Honorable Mention

Enterprise Green Community
Standards Certification

CLIENT
CLIENT

Sustainable Community Associates

LOCATION

Cleveland, OH

SIZE

66,000 SF

FIRM ROLE

Architecture
Interior Design
MEP Engineering

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