The Richmond Ballet moved into their current space in 2000 after a major renovation. Previously, the building had been a manufacturing facility for Reynolds Metal and featured all of the heavy concrete and rough edges one would expect to find in a 1920’s industrial building. Rather than covering up these rough edges, the new design celebrates them with a light steel and glass roof structure that dances about the heavy concrete of the existing building, creating a ‘Ballet Factory.’ The Richmond Ballet is unusual among dance organizations in that they dance, train, and rehearse in their own single facility. There were significant challenges finding space within the existing urban infrastructure, but this project is proof of the Ballet’s commitment to the neighborhood and the belief that doing art in the city is an important and worthwhile effort. The Richmond Ballet won a Golden Hammer Award for Best Adaptive Reuse in 2018.