adaptive reuse

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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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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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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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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Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

The St. Jansklooster Tower is considered a national monument and a landmark for the region that can be seen for miles around. After its decommissioning, the decision was made to open the water tower up to

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MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

Design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to transform Moscow’s Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory into a sprawling mixed use development. The former steel factory will be integrated into

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic cut outs that create

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three

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SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

Designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen, SCADpad Europe is clad in large wooden panels painted with a diamond pattern and vibrant blue lacquer finish. The SCADpad roof is covered with scalloped

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are 105 million parking spaces in the United States--a number that roughly translates to five parking spaces for every registered car. As personal automobile

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city

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The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

In order to mesh a feeling of modernity with the historical interior, Piet Boon Studio decided to focus on preserving the ceiling as a focal point to represent the building’s past. Rather than stripping

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even features

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About 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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Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Originally designed by Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church is a sharply peaked structure with eaves extending almost to the ground. The massive church was renovated to house both the public

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