The design competition for morph.o.polis required a proposal for the conversion of an existing structure or building as a project, system, constructive strategy or urban plan. The design, Mache Dow, was a rehabilitation project, converting an abandoned brewery into a marketplace and residences. Sustainability features included a green roof, a water collection system, and a fitness room that converted energy into stored energy for the building.
This building exists in an activity center near the heart of Montreal. The structure is made of steel and bricks which is in good condition. The large open footprint allows for mixed use, perhaps an open market of craft specialties. The 4th and 5th floors will offer 0-3 bedroom apartments with services like a rooftop garden, a jacuzzi, bike garage, and a fitness center. The roof garden and light colors reduce the heat island effect, water is collected in the large skylight for toilets, and conditioning equipment physics gives energy to the building of kinetic energy into potential energy. The skylight also allows passive solar heat to the first floor. Large fans near the ceiling will circulate the air in the immense space. There are several buses and metro stations near the site as well as other services and shops. The material of the building will be reused as much as possible to leave the historical beauty show through. By reducing new materials, the amount of construction waste is reduced. The previous use, a brewery, left some architectural elements that should be integrated. Large circular cuts in the floor of fermentation tanks can surround a large staircase, and the steel columns need to be left exposed. A case study, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan involved a massive reuse of a brick hospital. It is now a large building of shops, restaurants and apartments. The building was saved from being demolished. Historic structures must be refurbished and reused, not only to preserve their beauty and history, but to reduce the materials of energy and construction.