After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.


The alternative gallery space has been a fixture of the local art scene for over 30 years, often featuring the latest in art, music and perhaps just about anything and everything considered “underground”. Fittingly, the new design by New York-based architect Paul Castrucci will mirror the same cutting-edge vibe in the building’s new sustainable features.

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ABC No Rio director Steve Englander recently explained that the initial bids for the ambitious renovation were much higher than expected, which was the main reason for the project’s long delay. Now with help from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and additional funding from city capital funding, the team is hoping to break ground next spring.

Upon completion, the LEED-certified passive house will be a 9,000-square-foot powerhouse of efficiency, featuring a large green roof and new second floor terrace. And fret not local artists, the ABC No Rio building will hold on to its cool subculture past by continuing to showcase art exhibitions and performances.

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Lead image via PlaygroundDetroit