Located on a former industrial plateau at the edge of town, this project is two phase: first the conversion of an existing 8,000 square foot prefab warehouse into a design studio; second adding nine new live/work units – the first of their kind in Jackson – as well as communal gardens and an outdoor cinema. The industrial nature of the site inspires design freedom; the close proximity to downtown establishes an urban connectivity; and the elevated site offers spectacular mountain views.
Bi-level open spaces offer flexibility for creative work scenarios. Utility and adaptability influence structural and material solutions while establishing a utilitarian aesthetic. Concrete block firewalls, exposed wood structure and industrial off the shelf products give the space a minimal industrial character. Compact modular bath/kitchen cores are located at the rear of the rectangular plans allowing maximum openness. Full height glass walls flood the spaces with natural light and provide views over the town and to the southern mountains.
While the project was in development it was used by the town to create a new live/work zoning category. The result for Jackson has been positive, and Plateau is now a model for a new type of community.