Every town in the USA has a district populated by gas stations, big box stores and fast food chains. It is a landscape so familiar, it vacillates between the reassuring and the deadening. Vast in scale, a typical big box store averages 100,000 sf on a 14 acre site.
The typical life of a big box results in a building far outliving its use. By intervening early, the entire property is re-imagined as a self contained neighborhood. After a stint as a manufactured housing factory (producing units for the parking lot) the box store itself is converted. Streets are cut through and the resulting parcels sold as ‘lots’ – ready for a custom designed home or completely fit out. Including future vertical expansion a typical box store site could accommodate 127 units.