Newport on the Levee

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

Opening in 2001, this dated retail development was once a key destination, but had been in a slow decline. NAP, the new owners, saw potential in the aging facility. Their vision was to develop an exciting environment as an activated entertainment destination for the region. The design team embraced the notion of access, visibility, and views to reimagine the potential of the property. Key goals of the design included: simplifying access and visibility from Third Street, maximizing views to the river and skyline, and improving access into and out of the “Gallery Building”. The design concept fittingly became “Our New Kentucky Home”, which symbolically reduced the property into more manageable “Rooms” that reflected traditional components of the Kentucky Homestead.
With the pandemic and a halted economy came the need to re-prioritize. The team quickly repositioned a vacant pad to become the Bridgeview Box Park – an open-air shipping container park hosting a collection of F & B concepts. As the world started to re-emerge, the Box Park quickly became a popular waterfront gathering place, even claiming Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Outdoor Hangout” award. Other unique concepts were developed through this repositioning – including “TRADE”, a 10,000sf space within the Gallery Building that features a unique collection of local shops and makers that create a revolving retail market.
With our continuing scope of Master Planning, Architecture and Interior Design, Tenant Planning, and Environmental Graphic Design, a fresh and vibrant atmosphere re-energizes this iconic destination.


Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

May, 2021