It's difficult to imagine that this popular pizza joint was once a gas station. Nomad Pizza replaces a defunct automobile station in Princeton, New Jersey, in a stunning example of adaptive reuse. Architecture studio JZA+D helmed the conversion project, helping to bring the original 1930's modernist building back to life.
Nomad Pizza is a popular restaurant located near a shopping center in Princeton, New Jersey. Elements of the original modernist structure are still present both in the interior and exterior of the building. However, its current appearance and organization lend themselves to the food industry venue, making the new structure appear as though it was built with its current function in mind.
The main challenge that JZA+D, experienced in revitalizing the older structure was adapting the existing drive-through service bays and garage doors to the building’s new use. The team closed off the bays and portals at the rear with cedar and storefront glazing, and installed specialized doors on the front to best utilize the large garage openings. This also facilitated a connection between the dining area and the exterior spaces, creating an awning-covered patio area used when the weather is warm.