Revitalizing Birmingham One Project At A Time
Birmingham’s architectural history is full of good material and Appleseed is all about harnessing the value of what already exists. There’s lasting value in this city and every day Appleseed sets out to expose it’s true beauty. We hope each project we complete inspires Birmingham to help bring the magic back – one person, one building, one block at a time. Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to turn 17 run down buildings into bustling restaurants, unique offices and cool residences. Take a look at the hand Appleseed has had in downtown Birmingham’s revitalization below.
This 80-year-old 2800 square foot building in Birmingham’s central business district went from an archaeological dig to a timeless two bedroom. The large storefront windows, original exposed brick and custom staircase make the loft one of the most unique living spaces downtown.
Serpentine ceilings, space delineation and a custom conference table took this space from warehouse to functioning office and showroom.
This loft located in the Green-Bragan building (above El-Barrio) was built in 1911 and is listed in the “Downtown Birmingham Historic District.” Appleseed was able to reuse most of the interior architectural elements such as the brick walls, wood floors, bead board walls and exposed wood ceiling. There is even a revolving wall with a crank. Some of the gears for this wall were reused from two rear manual system freight elevators.
IMS needed three main zones: a cardio zone, a weight lifting zone, and a meeting zone. It was important to them to maintain the original historical elements of the building so Appleseed used existing beams to support massive ceiling fans. They created a movable dry-erase wall that separates the meeting zone from the kitchen area where a custom copper bar top is the focal point of the room.
* 2014 AIA Award Details Category
The 100-year-old Jaymark Jewelry building was transformed into a two-story live/work space. The original heart pine wood flooring and rustic brick walls were used and a light gage steel wall was created for the exterior to make a statement in the historic theatre district.
A smooth concrete bar, a stunning Swedish light installation, clean drywall in a moody neutral hue, and backlit white screens gave Revelator a clean, modern look. Reclaimed details include an original column, the west-side wall of brick and plaster, and the large community table built from a former ceiling beam.
7. Revelator Roastery – 1st Avenue North
When Revelator decided to move their headquarters to Birmingham they asked Appleseed to convert a warehouse into their new offices and laboratory. Appleseed maintained the 70’s style ribbon windows for natural light, and added a glass-walled conference room along with climate controlled storage bays.
This 18th floor loft pays homage to the building’s bones. Appleseed moved walls, embraced the original flooring, left exposed brick and kept the original hallway of Alabama marble intact.
Appleseed converted the oldest remaining commercial building in downtown Birmingham into an office for Kinetic communications. The team created an interactive, movable wall and repurposed existing train cars. They also introduced an LED bar and custom conference table consisting of 1500 pound train wheels.
This luxurious downtown residence used to be an old feed-and-seed general store. The Loftin’s had an eye for sustainability so Appleseed incorporated Bamboo flooring throughout the home. In addition, you can find a laser-cut staircase, walnut counters and custom cabinetry.
* 2012 AIA Award Honorable Mention
The old Storkland furniture warehouse was re-purposed into a multi-tenant building including the heart and soul of the building, El Barrio. Appleseed collaborated with KDag designs to create this unique space that includes the original hear-pine floors, heart-pine booths, hand crafted steel tables, and bench seating made from wood that was salvaged from a local mill.
*2016 AIA Honor Award Winner
The existing elements in this historic space didn’t lend themselves to an Asian restaurant so we had our work cut out for us. Appleseed was able to keep the exposed brick and concrete flooring by adding Asian inspired touches elsewhere. A burlap-ceiling panel, custom made steel chairs, a plyboo bar and bamboo stalk legs gave Bamboo on 2nd the right feel.
Appleseed teamed up with El Barrio owners to turn this former yogurt shop into a one-of-a-kind “barcade.” Using stacks of plywood and 15 gallons of glue, they were able to create an understated bar top to compliment the re-purposed tire rim façade. All furniture was custom made by Appleseed and a medusa-like drop down light was incorporated to accomplish the unique feel the owners were looking for.
*2011 AIA Merit Award for adaptive reuse
Appleseed took the old Hunter Furniture Store and breathed new life into it by creating Dog Days of Birmingham. A dog day care lies on the first floor and roof while a residence lies on the second floor. They were able to keep the original marquee sign with the addition of new lettering, revealed the original brick walls, created a custom dinning room table, and added a laser cut steel tree screen.
15. ITF Downtown
Iron Tribe Fitness, the fastest growing fitness franchise in the U.S., chose Appleseed to renovate an old warehouse for their corporate office in downtown Birmingham. The space is used not only as their corporate office but also as their third gym in the greater Birmingham area.
Appleseed was asked to renovate a 2-story retail space in downtown Birmingham’s Southside. The newly renovated space is the home of Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft, an event space, owned by Go Pro Event Solutions.
17. Graves Building – 3rd Avenue North
Appleseed’s latest project is also their future home! They’re currently in the process of turning the old Lichter or Graves Building into a multi-purpose space. Not only will Graves serve as Appelseed’s new HQ but they’re also building spaces for tech company platypi and new restaurant Shu Shop. Look for updates soon.