Clipper Mill – From industrial mill to contemporary village

What to do with an abandoned mill founded in 1853 that used to employ thousands to manufacture sails for clipper ships? Why, turns out it may provide the framework for what looks to be the most compelling, one-of-a-kind, modern new urban villages in Baltimore, MD.

Clipper Mill will feature 168 residences, 46,500 s.f. of office space, and 51,000 s.f. of creative light industry and studio space, as well as dining, grocery and athletic amenities. On top of that, it’s located right at a light rail station that heads straight into downtown.

Clipper Mill, however, is one of those places that you have to visit to truly appreciate, because there’s nothing ordinary about any of its spaces – in fact, they’re often extraordinary. Within (as in inside of) two of the largest historic industrial buildings, homes will be built facing a common courtyard. Alongside will be a meandering swimming pool built among ruins that looks straight out of ancient Rome. The newer apartment building and townhouses are rather surprisingly conventional however – not much inspiration rubbed off on them.

Head over to the CoolTown members’ forum to check out the ‘under construction’ photos.