The Kenosha Creative Space is an artist, designer and maker hub planned for Kenosha, Wisconsin. — In partnership with the Kenosha Arts Association, Expose Kenosha and the Kenosha Community Foundation, this project will bring new artistic life to a developing downtown historic district on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Architecturally, the concept retains the shell of an existing 1950s-era Kresge corner store as the container for a series of high-contrast design interventions. Within the interior, a variety of work pods reside freely in an open plan white volume and feature partial-height walls that allow the pods to yield to the most coveted square footage in the project: studio space for artists to create, make and perform.
Further, four enlarged storefront penetrations open up the original masonry building shell, allowing more light to travel through the wood-wrapped pods; further filtering southern light as it travels deeper into the space. Two new skylights were also added above the studio volume to capture additional light for internal program.