BRIX Apartment Lofts

TKWA was hired to provide architectural services for adaptive re-use of a historic loft-style warehouse located within the Florida and Third Industrial Historic District. This National Register Historic District, just south of Milwaukee’s traditional downtown, on the south side of the Menomonee River, is comprised of 12 multistory buildings that housed a variety of industries until the early 1960s. Since 2000 the area has attracted new investment that has contributed to the growing revitalization of the Fifth Ward area.


Milwaukee, WI


185,000 sf


Adaptive-reuse of a multistory historic building.


Completed 2015

The 408 West Florida building is a seven-story (plus full basement) concrete structure. Renamed “BRIX” the completed redevelopment includes approximately 100 loft-style apartments, an 8,000 square foot restaurant, 10,000 square feet of retail space, plus two levels of structured parking. The building offers 22 distinctive apartment floor plans, including one, two, and three-bedroom apartment homes.

As part of the adaptive re-use, TKWA assisted the owner with the preparation of state and federal Historic Tax Credit applications administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

2016 Mayor’s Urban Design Award
City of Milwaukee

2015 “Top Projects”
Daily Reporter

2015 ASID Award, Historic Preservation
American Society of Interior Designers, Wisconsin Chapter