Old Mill


Anwar Kassas

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architectural technology, schematic design, renovation, plan drawing, adaptive reuse, building science, studio 6

Design Concept

My design goals for this adaptive reuse project are:

  1. To create a common area for the residents of the apartment building to get together, socialize and probably grow their own food.
  2. To create an attraction for paisley community and people from outside to come and have fun while learning more about the ecology system found in the region.

To achieve the above, the silo building is split into two parts:

  1. The Café/Bakery which takes most of the first floor area in an open concept layout with an enclosed patio that is added on the north side. The first floor also includes a reception area, universal washroom.
  2. The Walking Path: an accessible ramp created to fill up the open volume between the second floor and the roof. The walking path is surrounded by a living walls and vertical farms/garden beds. It ends with a glass enclosed Observation point overlooking the forest and Teeswater river. .

Circulation: To have a connection between the two spaces a silo shaped Panoramic Elevator is proposed near the reception area with two landings, one for second floor and an other one for the forth floor level where the existing door exists. a small bridge between the elevator and the door created for a potential link with the apartment building. Another outdoor panoramic elevator added to connect the patio with the observation point. For better natural light penetration and ventilation, operable Sky lights and more windows on the south and north façades are used.


Faculty of Applied Science & Technology (FAST)

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Original Publication Citation

Kassas, A. (2021, February, 27). The Nature's Path. Studio 6 winter 2021. https://perma.cc/QH5R-EEKZ