Opening Lantern, Mixed-Use Community Arts HUB by OMA/Jason Long

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OMA New York. Partner-in-Charge.- Jason Long.
Associate.- Chris Yoon.
Project Architect.- Samuel Biroscak.
Project team
Yiyao Wang, Cameron Fullmer, Mariana Curti.
Executive Architect.- Metro Cad Group.
Structure.- Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
MEP.- EAM Engineers, Inc.
Library Street Collective / Anthony & JJ Curis.
Arts Nonprofits.- Signal-Return Press, Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC).
Upper-Level Studios.- Paul Verdell, Akea Brionne, Davariz Broaden (Artist Studios), Assemble Sound.
Ground Floor Retail.- Cøllect Beer Bar, Coup D’Etat, Café Franco.
General Contractor
CIR Group.
Total Useful Area.- 1,989 sqm (21,400 sqf ).
Total Building GFA.- 2,072 sqm (22,300 sqf) .
Artist Studios.- 492 sqm (5,300 sqf).
Gallery.- 93 sqm (1,000 sqf).
Arts Nonprofit Spaces 790 sm (8,500 sqf).
Retail/Restaurant.- 372 sqm (4,000 sqf).
Public Space.- 186 sqm (2,000 sqf).
BOH.- 56 sqm (600 sqf).
Dimensions / Details
Existing Building
- Overall building site is 35,96 X 12,8m² (118’ x 142’).
- Site is composed of three connected structures on a single parcel built at various times.
- From 1929 through 1960s, the building was home to Blue Bird Baking Company.
Ceiling Heights
- South building.- 5,48m² (18’)
- Middle building.- 3,96m² (13’) typical, 4,57m² (15’) PASC Gallery.
- North building: 3,96m² (13’) typical GF, 7,62m² (25’) PASC Studio, 32m² (10’-5”) typical F2.
- 9-meter wide and 18-meter deep (30-feet wide and 60-feet deep).
- Concrete is “Terracotta Deep” with a light sandblast finish.
- The red pigmented concrete matches the brick and terracotta tiles of the original building.
South Building
- A total of 1,353 holes drilled into the existing CMU walls.
- Holes are filled with off-the-shelf glass block cylinders.
- White paint is Sherwin Williams “Snowbound” with a resin-based waterproofing.
Sawtooth Roof
- A sawtooth roof over the middle building adds a subtle new profile to the building elevation.
- Standing seam metal pitched roof is CMG roofing “Silver.”
North Building
- 6 art vitrines total, 4 wide (21 x 1,82m / 6’-9” x 6’) and 2 narrow (0,9 x 1,8m / 3’ x 6’).
- 6 former loading doors opened to create 3 entries and 3 windows for Signal-Return.
- 3 new doors inserted, one entry each for PASC, upper-level artist studios, and Assemble Sound.
Project Start.- Oct. 2021.
100%SD.- Dec. 2021.
100%DD.- Mar. 2022.
Construction Start.- Aug. 2022.
Completion.- May 2024.
Venue / Location
Former commercial bakery and warehouse in Detroit’s East Village. Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA, New York

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.

Responsible for OMA’s operations in America, OMA New York was established in 2001 and has since overseen the successful completion of several buildings across the country including Milstein Hall at Cornell University (2011); the Wyly Theater in Dallas (2009); the Seattle Central Library (2004); the IIT Campus Center in Chicago (2003); and Prada’s Epicenter in New York (2001). The office is currently overseeing the construction of three cultural projects, including the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec and the Faena Arts District in Miami Beach – both scheduled for completion in 2016 – as well as a studio expansion for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. The New York office has most recently been commissioned to design a number of residential towers in San Francisco, New York, and Miami, as well as two projects in Los Angeles; the Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed use complex in Los Angeles, and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

OMA New York’s ongoing engagements with urban conditions around the world include a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy, urban water strategy for New Jersey; the 11th Street Bridge Park and RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Masterplan in Washington, DC; and a food hub in West Louisville, Kentucky.

Jason Long

Jason Long (OMA partner / OMA NY co-director) Jason Long is a Partner at OMA. He joined the firm in 2003 and has been leading OMA New York since 2014. Jason brings a research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of projects internationally—from concept to completion, he served as the project manager for the Quebec National Museum in Quebec City and the Faena Forum in Miami.

A number of projects under his direction take a creative approach on the much-needed adaptive reuse and restoration of existing buildings, including POST Houston, the transformation of a former post office warehouse in downtown Houston into a mixed-use cultural platform, incorporating a new venue for Live Nation; the conversion of an Art Deco parking garage in New York City into a synagogue; the renovation of the Fitzgerald Building at University of Toronto into a new campus administration center; the adaptive reuse of Jersey City’s Pathside Building into museum for Centre Pompidou; and LANTERN, the conversion of a former commercial bakery into a community arts hub in Detroit.

Jason’s projects in urbanism and the public realm, particularly in Washington, D.C., public health, and equitable development at varying scales: a streetscape design for D.C. Convention Center, the 11th Street Bridge Park connecting disparate communities on either side of the Anacostia River, and a sports and recreation masterplan for the RFK Stadium Armory Campus.

His diverse portfolio extends to residential developments across housing types and regions in North America. Jason led the recently completed Eagle + West, OMA’s first high-rise towers in New York. In California, he oversaw the design and completion of The Avery in San Francisco and is currently leading 730 Stanyan, a 120-unit, 100% affordable housing building in historic Haight Ashbury. Currently in progress is The Perigon, a beachfront high-rise in Miami’s mid-beach neighborhood.

Jason previously served as a key member of AMO and was the Associate Editor of Content (Taschen, 2004).

Jason has lectured at SPUR, Urban Land Institute (ULI), AIA Conventions, and various museums and universities across the globe. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP).

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Vassar College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).



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