Office Envy: Kickernick Building
Vohs said they had to “strip away to find the beauty in the building.”

Office Envy: Kickernick Building

Tasked with updating the common areas of the historic building in the heart of the Warehouse District, Studio BV went back in time for modern inspiration.

Project: Kickernick Building
Location: 430 First Ave. N., Minneapolis
Size: 140,000 square feet
Owner: United Properties
Designer: Studio BV

Photos by Corey Gaffer Photography 

A lobby sets the tone for the entire building. Tasked with updating the common areas of the historic Kickernick Building in the heart of the Warehouse District, Studio BV went back in time for modern inspiration. The 1896 building, originally home to the North Star Boot & Shoe Co., gets its name from a later tenant, the Kickernick lingerie company. “We wanted to bring back in elements of craft and making, using leather, fabric, metalwork, and custom features that go back to that inspiration,” says Betsy Vohs, founder and CEO of Studio BV. The Minneapolis design firm was hired by United Properties, which purchased the distinctive brick building from Sherman Group in 2017 for $19.2 million. Kickernick is home to creative agencies Haberman and Hanley Wood; Brothers Bar and a coffee shop lease street-level spaces. Currently, 23,000 square feet is available for rent. Custom features in the lobby include a woven leather screen and felt panels. “Our intent was to make it as bright, warm, and soft as we could,” Vohs says. “We wanted it to feel very bright.”

—Ellen Schneider

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