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Coolest new development coming to Fort Worth features Quonset Huts

Coolest new development coming to Fort Worth features Quonset Huts

Let's all live in Quonset Huts. Rendering courtesy of Prince Concepts

A new development is in the works near Fort Worth's Medical District that will incorporate apartments, offices, and retail, including a new vegan restaurant from the owners of Fort Worth's pioneering Spiral Diner.

Called PS1200, it's located at 1200 6th Ave., near West Rosedale Street, where it will comprise eight live/work dwellings, office space, retail, and an accompanying public park.

All that is well and good, but let's get to the cool part: It'll feature Quonset Huts, those groovy curvy buildings that date back to the 1940s.

The project is being developed by Prince Concepts, an award-winning development/management company based in Detroit. According to a release, they've broken ground with completion slated for the fall.

The Quonset Huts will give the residential units 20-foot curved ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that overlook the park. Office and retail spaces on the bottom will have a full glass facade.

One space is already taken by a vegan restaurant named Maiden, from the creators of Spiral Diner, along with a vegan ice cream and doughnut concept called Dreamboat Donuts.

Prince Concepts is fond of Quonset Huts, having used them on two similar live-work projects in Detroit, called True North and Caterpillar. As the release notes, pre-engineered Quonset Hut structures help reduce cost and enhance the landscape with high-quality indoor and outdoor spaces.

True North was their first and it earned numerous accolades including a Progressive Architecture award, and was a finalist for the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, just one of just two finalists from the U.S., the other being the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Washington DC.

Since 2012, Prince Concepts has acquired and owns 17 acres of land, renovated 62,000 square feet of industrial property, built 20,000 square feet of housing, created 18,000 square feet of thoughtful public space, planted over 400 trees, and won nine national and international awards for its projects.

Founder Philip Kafka, who is a native of Texas, says in a statement that PS1200 synthesizes the most successful elements of their previous Detroit-based projects.

"I am excited to bring the Prince Concepts' development philosophy and placemaking to my home state of Texas," he says. "PS1200 thoughtfully combines public green space, inspired dwellings, commerce and officespace—providing a place where the Fort Worth community can live, work, gather and intersect to experience urbanism, architecture, and landscape."

The project is led by architecture firm Marlon Blackwell Architects and landscape architect Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T studio as well as Studio Outside.

In a statement, Marlon Blackwell touts the project's central location and notes the design's cosmic similarity to a Fort Worth institution.

"Consistent with several of Prince Concepts' past projects, we designed PS1200 using Quonset huts, a utilitarian structure," Blackwell says. "In doing so, we aspired to elevate something prosaic and humble into something noble, while invoking the rhythm and iconic shapes of the Kimbell Art Museum."