Formerly a tired Fresh Market grocery store, the Van Aken Market Hall was renovated into a loft-like market hall as part of the first phase of the Van Aken District redevelopment in Shaker Heights. The 24,300sf building contains four anchor restaurant and retail tenants at the building perimeter, allowing for both interior and exterior entries, and smaller individual vendor spaces operating within an open interior public area. The interior plan and exterior design were crafted in collaboration between Bialosky Cleveland and Richardson Design.
Two and a half of the building’s existing façades were reconstructed to allow for increased transparency and connections to the surrounding street grid by incorporating large sections of glass and new public entries. The northwest and southeast corners were articulated with taller building masses to add visual interest and to enhance the individual identities of the anchor tenants. Large overhead doors are located on the building’s west façade and open directly onto an exterior patio designed to be an extension of the interior public space.
The exterior materials consist primarily of masonry, aluminum and glass storefront and curtainwall, and accents of rice husk composite siding. The new masonry was selected to match the size and texture of the existing and all masonry was painted to create a cohesive appearance.
From opening day onwards, the Van Aken Market Hall has been buzzing with activity and events, exemplifying the pedestrian-oriented design of the overall District. The Hall has hosted craft fairs, concerts, and farmer’s markets, solidifying the space as a community hub. As a firm with roots in Shaker Heights, Bialosky was honored to play a key role in creating a new gathering space for the city’s residents.