adaptive reuse

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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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and

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Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

The history of the Lower Silesia region in southwest Poland is entrenched in the carbon era of mining and industry. The 40,000 square meter Old Mine project honors this history and will include a museum

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

Believe it or not, the gorgeous exhibition space you see above used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. We recently visited the beautifully-daylit Dia: Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY to check out the

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Once a marvel that attracted visitors from around the globe, Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion has slowly become a modern ruin since the 1964 World's Fair. The famous structure had been facing the

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

The original barn had seen better days, with its dilapidated roof and bowed walls not only in ruin but in danger of collapse. In order to preserve the existing building, Snook Architects replaced the

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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

External architecture merges landscape and building surfaces to articulate the envelope of the addition, as well as clearly define the difference between formal and informal spaces. Roofs and facades clad

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