adaptive reuse

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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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

The Halle Freyssinet freight station was originally built in 1920, but in recent years it has been used as a reception and event center. This past summer Xavier Niel, founder of Le Monde, bought the hall

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Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Orangerock Projectontwikkeling acquired the land for future redevelopment over the course of 10 years. There are some old buildings on the site that are slated for future demolition, but the developer

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The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

The former grocery store had been used as office space until the owners bought it and decided to turn it into a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. Located on Williams Street in an area that was once an

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Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Rather than destroy the arsenal to make way for a new home, Ralph Germann proposed to keep the structure and renovate it. To ensure a high level of efficiency while retaining the building's original

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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Eder Biesel Arkitekter's fish market gives the historic site a modern twist with an angular, daylight-filled "floating" volume. A glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

AutoWohnhaus in Austria This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely Lisbon

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape is a public courtyard and creative gathering space in front of the Freight building at the mixed-use Taxi Development in North Denver. Bordered by the Platte River to the east, the entire project

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History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

Bruno Erpicum took great care to respect the building’s past. The existing materials and structure play a strong role in the design. The furniture was even custom designed by Erpicum and finished with a

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How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

Some of the most beautiful structures in the United States are post offices, but with more and more people using email as opposed to snail mail, many of these historic buildings are shuttering down. New

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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La Cosa: Historic Madrid Sawmill Transformed into Thriving Arts Center with Glowing LED Facade

La Cosa: Historic Madrid Sawmill Transformed into Thriving Arts Center with Glowing LED Facade

Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos' flexible renovation for Medialab-Prado is nicknamed The Thing (La Cosa). The project occupies the original walls of the mill, but the interior is made up of lightweight and

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London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft is a concept design for the reuse of railway arcades scattered around London as living spaces. The idea is to close the arcades with a special facade that features skylights rather

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Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Designers included in this inspiring project include Adrien Rovero, who designed a mint green four-seater rocking chair, Atelier Oï, whose white gondola is topped by what looks like a giant jelly fish,

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

The owners of this property commissioned Scott to transform the existing airfield after seeing him at a timber construction conference. The farmland surrounding these Nissen huts had been without a

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Pink Cloud Pop-Up Hotels Would Transform Unused Office Space into Luxury Accommodations

Pink Cloud Pop-Up Hotels Would Transform Unused Office Space into Luxury Accommodations

Vacant office space can be found throughout Manhattan -- and any city -- from time to time. Every day a space remains empty is money lost for the landlord, so Pink Cloud came up with an idea to

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Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Tasked with this challenging adaptive reuse project, Assembly Architects was careful to minimize their environmental impact by using the earth excavated in the marquee's walls and the pathway leading to

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on the ground

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