Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It’s part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our environments, but renovating any building space comes with a cost far greater than the reno itself: obscurity during the redesign process. Created by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Raphael Coutin, RE-Place addresses that issue by utilizing aspects of the structure’s previous incarnation as a bridge to its new aesthetic. Using the building’s old doors and windows, RE-Place becomes a modular structure that the public can interact with while construction is underway, allowing them to see the metamorphosis firsthand instead of hiding it away. A set of adjustable connectors allows designers to create a safe, waterproof area that can then be used as a temporary office, meeting room, or exhibition space.

+ RE-Place

+ Re-Place Demo on Vimeo