Prolific architecture firm WXY Architecture Studio has just signed on to renovate New Jersey’s former shipyard, Kearny Point, into a modern innovation hub. Led by STUDIOS Architecture, the ambitious project’s first phase is the complex’s 210,000-square-foot Building 78, which has been converted into a modern, multi-tenant space for next-generation manufacturing companies.
Although few details have been released, the Kearny Point adaptive reuse project plans to transform the former shipyard into a multi-tenant artisanal manufacturing space. WXY will lead the Development Plan of the 130-acre space as well as the façade, interior finishes, and final master plans.
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In addition to renovating Building 78, the site’s historic Building 54 may be revamped as well. The 280,000-square-foot space is an expansive, column-free space that would be a great match for large-scale manufacturing tenants or a wholesale market area.
Although the project calls for a complete transformation of the currently unused space, initial plans seek to retain the site’s rich industrial legacy by blending the building’s original brick exterior with modern glass and steel features.