From icon to breadbasket: Gehry building to be turned into Whole Foods

Part of the upper level will be removed to create double-height space for the grocery store.

Images courtesy of archpaper.com.
August 18, 2014

In Columbia, Md., stands the former corporate headquarters of Rouse Company, which founded Columbia in the 1960s as a corporate town. The steel-frame, 150,000-sf, Frank Gehry-designed HQ is about to be completely transformed, according to Architizer.

The Howard Hughes Corporation, in association with architecture firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, plans to turn the building—at least the majority of it—into a Whole Foods. Hughes Corp. offices will be housed in the building's top level, with the Whole Foods Market taking up the entire 50,000-sf second level. 

Cho Benn Holback plans to remove part of the upper level to create double-height space for the grocery store, and will add the well-known Whole Foods sign to the building's facade. 

A wellness center will be located on the building's lower level. 

 
 
The original Rouse Company HQ building. Photo credit: Rayman, Wayfinders.
         
 

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