Best Of 2019

Best Old Building Wearing Some Very Contemporary Accessories: Elevar Design Group

If you’ve driven on any highways near Queensgate recently, you’ve definitely seen it: the red brick, 1890s-era warehouse with the bright lime green geometric addition on the east face of the building. It’s local firm Elevar Design Group’s new showspace — a home for its 80 employees, yes, but also a way to flex the group’s architectural design skills. That cool green box contains a break room, event space (complete with a kitchen) and sliding garage doors that open up onto a rooftop deck. The unique details continue on the interior: A light-filled, three story atrium featuring the warehouse’s original wooden beams. Visitors and employees can take your standard elevator or custom wooden stairs up, but should probably try the lime-green, curving slide for the ride back down. The new HQ is the perfect spot from which to launch Elevar’s next big project: helping design FC Cincinnati’s new stadium just north in the West End. Elevar Design Group, 555 Carr St., Queensgate,