Lofts on Fifth


Adaptive Reuse
Exterior Renovations
Interior Renovations


Fernandina Beach, FL


21,500 gsf


Merit Award - AIA West Virginia

Adaptive reuse of the existing building stock of the downtown area both salvages architectural assets that contribute to a place’s historic identity while allowing for modern, relevant project uses to breath life into the fabric of the city. The Lofts on 5th project does just that by transforming a long-abandoned 1960’s 3-story classroom building into nine luxury condominium residences in the historic district of Fernandina Beach, Florida.


Building on the more minimal character of the original exterior envelope, clean lines and a modern material and color palette inform the addition of a new rooftop pavilion and terrace, street-level entry porch, and private cantilever decks for the housing units. Customized in response to the arbitrary pattern of the existing window openings, each of the units’ interior organization is uniquely crafted. Gathering space within the pavilion and adjoining green roof gardens serve all tenant owners and provide amazing views to the Amelia River to the west.