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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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adaptive reuse, textile mill


This project examines the adaptive reuse of a disused nineteenth century textile mill building in Gilbertville, Massachusetts. While the original form and structure of the building type was conducive to maximum production of goods, contemporary uses require different forms. Although other mills in New England have been reused for housing, museums, or professional offices, my goal was to propose a program that related to the building’s original function as a place where people worked. Because the unemployment rate is rising in Massachusetts in 2010, I propose that the mill be reused as a training center where people learn green building techniques that they can use in their jobs.

The form of this project is guided by environmental responses to the annual and daily solar paths. Primary among these responses is the conversion of the broad, south-facing masonry wall to a trombe wall system. Similarly, a south-facing light scoop is used on the north side to provide light and heat; shading devices are used throughout the building to prevent overheating.


First Advisor

Sigrid Miller Pollin

Second Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

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