Gallery: The Green Building: Cultural Center Rejuvenates a Neighborhood

They weren't just being glib when they named this adaptive reuse, mixed-use commercial building The Green Building. Located in Louiseville, KY, the gallery, restaurant, office and event space is the first LEED Platinum certified commercial building in the city. The renovation of the 115 year-old dry goods store was designed by LA firm (FER) studio LLP, who made the building more energy-efficient, added a green roof and rainwater collection, and installed a large solar system to offset the building's energy use. Since its completion, the project has become a catalyst that has regenerated the East Market district of Louisville.

The Green Building is a 10,175 square foot mixed-use commercial building that houses a gallery, event space, offices, tenant office spaces, a conference room, and a separate tenant restaurant space. A monthly rotating gallery exhibits artwork by various regional artists, and a street-facing café called 732 Social dishes up farm-to-table eats and organic wines. Each month The Green Building hosts an open-air market featuring locally produced products, a recycling center, and an electric car charging station.

Many of the materials from the original historic building were reused in the renovation. For example, structural wood from the original building was re-milled into finished flooring and furniture. Bricks from the original building were carefully disassembled and re-used in other areas of the remodel. Additionally, many materials inside of the building are recycled — including the flooring and the blue jean insulation, which was made by a local Kentucky company.


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  1. mimar dogan December 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

    very nice. I am to faint

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