adaptive reuse

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique location,

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber and steel

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

The historic stone chapel was built in 1877 from bluestone. Although the religious effects are long gone, the façade still boasts the original church bell, which rang for the small village that

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Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days

Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days

Located on a former brownfield along the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club is a shining example of adaptive reuse and brownfield reclamation. Logan, owner of the downtown Asheville restaurant

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Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

A disused 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg may be getting a plant-covered overhaul by London-based designers, Adjaye Associates. Headed up by David Adjaye, the design would revamp the Hallmark

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Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

A historic Victorian home in Australia was given a modern minimalist extension in a beautiful collaboration between Thomas Winwood Architecture and Kontista + Co. Inspired by the existing home’s bay

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Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

Envisioned as a haven for creatives, Mill No. 5 is anchored by office spaces for small tech start-ups. The mixed-use building, however, is very different from your average office complex. In addition to

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

Located south of the University near Center City and University City, the Pennovation Center will provide a space for entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry partners to collaborate and transform

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s art collections.

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Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Kaiser purchased the dismantled 1955 grain silo online from a Kansas farmer that was then transported down to Arizona on the back of a pickup truck. Major modifications were made during the reassembly

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

João Quintela and Tim Simon’s innovative café for a climbing gym in Lisbon invites visitors to climb up and over it! The design team collaborated for the Vertigo Pavilion, creating a multi-use timber

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch, the

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Flanked on all sides by a late 19th century factory building, the former carpenter's workshop had a basement-like character due to its restricted access to sunlight. Studio OxL dramatically upended that

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

Weighting 35 tons, the South East Trains' carriage made its way from Essex to Deptford on Valentine’s Day 2008 and was beautifully restored into what is today the Deptford Cafe. Serving delicious home

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

The main focus in converting the historic building into municipal offices was to re-establish the structure's presence as a community pillar. In order to bridge the old building's traditional presence

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Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

The stylish barn is modernized with its blackened stain, which contrasts with the traditional notion of the ubiquitous red barn. Clapboards from the exterior have been removed and replaced with large

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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Gulskogen Bicycle Hotel Stashes Over a Hundred Bikes Behind an Intricate Filigree Facade

Gulskogen Bicycle Hotel Stashes Over a Hundred Bikes Behind an Intricate Filigree Facade

At the entrance, a concrete tongue-shaped ramp spills out from a circular wooden border that frames a metal doorway. A porous filigree pattern sprawls across the metal doorway and gable wall. Drammen’s

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PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

Designed in 1963 by recent Cuban immigrant Hilario Candela, the stadium was acclaimed for its passive principle design, which keeps visitors naturally cool in the hot Miami sun.  The 6,566 seat stadium

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House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

When the tower was first being built, Thorpeness residents were worried about introducing an eyesore upon their unspoiled landscape. So their design solution? Disguise it as a sky-high cottage! Problem

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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

Scott&Scott Architects' new studio and home was originally built in 1911. It was once a butcher shop, and it was used as a grocery store for a long time. The commercial space was stripped down to a

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