adaptive reuse

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

The Motion Picture Academy Museum will take over the space previously inhabited by the LACMA West and what was previously the May Co. Department Store, which opened in 1939. The original façade of the

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects decided to leave the exterior of the coach house almost entirely intact, retaining the character of the Breukelen building that was first constructed in the 1760s. And

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Two main interventions allowed 51N4E to transform the dinky old building into a contemporary marvel that now takes up a big chunk of a large city block. First they cut out a giant pentagonal "void" from

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SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios was the brainchild of Ty Mattson, who runs the creative studio Mattson Studios. Wanting an inspiring place to go to work everyday, he set his heart on turning the historic bean factory

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MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

Originally built in 1963, the Frøsilos seed silos were once part of the Soya Bean Cake Factory on the Port of Copenhagen. The plant closed in the 1990s and the area was slated for redevelopment into

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Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Originally built in 1953, the grain elevator was used to store corn from Oslo's Nedrefoss Mill, and it was in operation from the 1950s to the 1990s. The structure consists of three rows of seven

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London’s Battersea Power Station Reinvented with a Wraparound Rollercoaster and High-Flying Walkway

London’s Battersea Power Station Reinvented with a Wraparound Rollercoaster and High-Flying Walkway

The studio's concept was awarded first prize in ArchTriumph competition to find innovative, new ways the crumbling brick landmark could be used as an exhibition center dedicated to architecture. The

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London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

If the thought of sipping an espresso amongst urinals doesn't gross you out, then we've got a café for you: Attendant, the newest arrival on London's booming coffee bar scene. When owners Pete Tomlinson

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

The Cuningham Group and REThink Development partnered on this project to create ultra green office space in Culver City. They bought a warehouse that was once part of the MGM studio back lot and worked in

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Het Arresthuis: Historic Jail Transformed into a Luxurious Modern Hotel in the Netherlands

Het Arresthuis: Historic Jail Transformed into a Luxurious Modern Hotel in the Netherlands

Guests of Het Arresthuis shouldn’t expect to be confined in close quarters like a prisoner during their stay. The 150 holding cells that once held some of the Netherlands’ finest criminals have been

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Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Built in 1828, the Providence Arcade (also called the Westminster Arcade) was the country's first indoor shopping mall and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The historic structure is

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Alain Hinant Transforms an Old Belgian Laundry Building into a Brilliant Daylit Home

Alain Hinant Transforms an Old Belgian Laundry Building into a Brilliant Daylit Home

The 120 square-meter, three-story laundry building used to serve the three neighboring houses in Uccle. The renovations tied the three floors together and allowed for the new single family home to open up

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19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

The eight-story water tower was designed for the nearby Lambeth Workhouse and Hospital, and it was the tallest water tower in all of London when it was completed in 1867. But the tower fell into disuse in

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Archi-Union Architects Renovates Drab Shanghai Office into Curvilinear Jade Art Museum

Archi-Union Architects Renovates Drab Shanghai Office into Curvilinear Jade Art Museum

An old office building in Shanghai has been given a new life as the serene Jade Art Museum. Designed by Archi-Union Architects, the renovation transformed a sterile office space into an innovative art

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Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

As of 2011, Poland consumes 77 million tons of coal per year, which makes it the second-largest coal consumer in the European Union and the 10th largest in the world. But since the late 1980s, coal

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Pool Box: A Deluxe Backyard Pool Made From a Recycled Dumpster

Pool Box: A Deluxe Backyard Pool Made From a Recycled Dumpster

New Orleans-based architect Stefan Beese dove headfirst into recycled design by converting a defunct dumpster into a pristine backyard pool! The Pool Box is made from a 22' x 7' steel refuse container

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna

Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna

The gasometers are four gigantic gas tanks enclosed by a brick façade, each approximately 230 feet tall, 197 feet in diameter, and with a storage capacity of over 3 million cubic feet. Once used for the

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Haus im Haus: Hamburg’s Historic Chamber of Commerce Renovated With a Gleaming Glass Gem

Haus im Haus: Hamburg’s Historic Chamber of Commerce Renovated With a Gleaming Glass Gem

Benisch Architecten won 1st prize in an architecture competition to design a renovation for the historic Handelskamer, which serves as Hamburg's Chamber of Commerce. Originally, the plan was to insert a

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Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

The design for the new education building was largely determined by the needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing structure, and the tight budget of the university. One of the

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The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

Originally built in 1978, the GORI paint factory was considered innovative and set new standards for manufacturing facilities. It was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and management

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Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

The Shell station was built in 1956, but it was abandoned in 1986 and sat empty until it was bought in 2005 by Juerg Judin. Over the next 3 years Judin worked to rehabilitate the station. He

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Silo 468 is a Wind-Controlled LED Light Installation in an Abandoned Helsinki Oil Silo

Silo 468 is a Wind-Controlled LED Light Installation in an Abandoned Helsinki Oil Silo

Silo 468 was originally built in the 1960s and it used to store 16,000 m3 of oil - but it has now been transformed into a wind-controlled lighting installation. Located on the water in the

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Glass-Encased Malopolska Garden of Arts is a New Cultural Hub in Krakow, Poland

Glass-Encased Malopolska Garden of Arts is a New Cultural Hub in Krakow, Poland

The slatted outside of the MGA center extends over a partially enclosed garden area that beckons passersby from the street. The garden's roof is perforated to leave space for existing trees on the

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AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

The AIA Center in Portland was formerly a livery stable, and is thought to be the oldest surviving structure in Portland’s now-thriving Pearl District, a former industrial zone. The building was also

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Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Transformed Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Transformed Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

For the Grindbakken pits' first temporary activity, Rotor came up with the idea of framing several parts of the concrete, as opposed to painting them. Their concept adapts and reuses what already existed

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