adaptive reuse

HKS Architects’ Renovated Warehouse Earns San Francisco’s First LEED for Homes Mid-rise Gold Certification

HKS Architects’ Renovated Warehouse Earns San Francisco’s First LEED for Homes Mid-rise Gold Certification

The Arc Light Co. building originally served as the historic California Electric Light Company, Station B. The building housed arc and incandescent lights used to generate electricity for electric light

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Cold War-Era Russian Bunker Transformed Into Massive Club Beneath Moscow’s Streets

Cold War-Era Russian Bunker Transformed Into Massive Club Beneath Moscow’s Streets

Spanning 75,000 square feet of underground space near the Taganskaya subway station, The Tagansky Protected Command Point was in use from the 1950s to 1986 when it fell into disrepair. At one time, 3,000

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‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

Blake Chamberlain is the brains behind this fantastic project 'Waste Not Want Not', a vegetative grow wall created out of discarded materials. The concept takes plastic water bottles and wooden

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Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

The community of Hennepin County seized the opportunity to buy the out-of-business big box retailer when it was left without a tenant. Rather than letting the empty building mar the neighborhood, they

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Former Prison in Norristown, Pennsylvania Reimagined as Green Roofed Underground Museum of Industry

Former Prison in Norristown, Pennsylvania Reimagined as Green Roofed Underground Museum of Industry

Art Meadow has designed a green-roofed Museum of Industry for the site of the former Norristown County Prison in Pennsylvania. For 150 years the County Prison has remained an impermeable object in the

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The Adapted Ochre Barn is a Modernist Retreat with an Open Floor Plan in Norfolk

The Adapted Ochre Barn is a Modernist Retreat with an Open Floor Plan in Norfolk

The long, low brick barn had long since fallen into disrepair when Carl Turner and Mary Martin snatched the farm up. They wanted to create a simple getaway that spoke to the essence of the farm and the

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Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Located in Petersham to the west of Sydney, the Majestic Theatre Apartments adaptive reuse project created new housing out of a historic building. The original brick Majestic Theatre was built in 1921

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17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

The Palace of the Counts of Miravalle is one of the oldest buildings in Mexico's historic center and was originally home to Don Alonso de Ulibarri Davalos Bracamontes and de la Cueva, who was chancellor

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Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Dutch pavilion draws attention to a new set of conditions under which modern architects are working. No longer blessed with wide swaths of empty land or large budgets, designers instead have to work

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Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Most of the existing structure was left alone, considerably reducing the amount of new materials required to complete this striking new adaptive reuse project in Arteixo. Despite a tight budget, the

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Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech's Hinman Research Building was originally designed by Harold Bush-Brown and P.M. Heffernan in 1939. The building was dedicated to industrial research and was instrumental in the development

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Berlin’s Hektikfood is a Two-Story Restaurant in an a Vintage British Double-Decker Bus

Berlin’s Hektikfood is a Two-Story Restaurant in an a Vintage British Double-Decker Bus

Located in the eclectic Friedrichshain neighborhood, the bright red double-decker is parked amongst a complex of artist studios and nightclubs. The entire first floor of the vintage mobile (which is sixty

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Berlin’s KulturBraueri is a Cultural Center Transformed from a 19th Century Brewery

Berlin’s KulturBraueri is a Cultural Center Transformed from a 19th Century Brewery

The former brewery opened in 1878, an was in operation until 1974 before being shut down. Deemed a historical monument, the collection of industrial structures started its transformation into cultural

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Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Originally built in 1928, the Power House occupies an entire city block, and has been designated a landmark by the National Historic Register. The red brick façade is lined with three story arched glass

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Madrid’s Palacio de Cristal is a Unique Art Venue in an Industrial Revolution-Era Botanical Garden

Madrid’s Palacio de Cristal is a Unique Art Venue in an Industrial Revolution-Era Botanical Garden

Inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, the glass-domed structure was built in the shape of a Greek cross at the height of the Industrial Revolution, and was completed in just 4 months.  Panes of glass

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Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

The devastating Joplin tornado killed over 150 people and destroyed many of the area schools including the high school. Rather than bus students to neighboring schools districts, the superintendent

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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and

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Roadhouse Is a Student-Made Music Venue Made From Hundreds of Shipping Pallets

Roadhouse Is a Student-Made Music Venue Made From Hundreds of Shipping Pallets

The Morgan State students of the Architecture and Environmental Design program were lead by the School of Architecture and Planning’s Michael Zebrowski. Taking cues from musicians such as John Lee

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7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

Anila is editor-at-large at Loco2, a small company mad enough to tackle the complexities of European rail by making online ticket booking more accessible, giving expert advice in the Engine Room forum and

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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Lisbon Palace Transformed Into an Affordable and Luxurious Hostel

Lisbon Palace Transformed Into an Affordable and Luxurious Hostel

The palace, once home to Lisbon’s regal set, has been transformed into a welcoming travel destination. Each of the upstairs rooms have been converted to sleep 108 separate beds in thirteen affordable

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Historic German Mill Transformed Into Dramatic Underground Stahlemuhle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer

Historic German Mill Transformed Into Dramatic Underground Stahlemuhle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer

Behind the rustic doors of the old Stählemühle mill now lie sleek, dramatically lit minimal rooms with exposed concrete walls and simple wood furnishings. Mainzer describes his creative intent as

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Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google Pittsburgh’s adaptive reuse space, designed by the local architecture firm Strada, maintains not only the industrial bones of the original factory building.

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Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Dixon purchased the old 5,000-gallon water tank in 2005 with plans to build one of the most unique houses in London. Construction began in 2009, and although it isn't finished just yet, three floors of

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MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

The existing building that housed a dijon factory for five short years was too wide to accommodate 600 work spaces, but with only €4 million to work with, it wasn't possible for MVRDV to make major

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Crumbling Italian Farmstead Transformed Into Spectacular Home by Bergmeisterwolf Architekten

Crumbling Italian Farmstead Transformed Into Spectacular Home by Bergmeisterwolf Architekten

It was important for Bergmeisterwolf Architekten to maintain not only the integrity of the original structure, but the landscape. All new extensions were inserted without changing the topography, and

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Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

The former cold storage building is one of the larger buildings in the West Loop / Fulton Market, and it's a fixture of the neighborhood skyline. Judging from the renderings, the adaptive-reuse plan will

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Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Sant Francesc Church was originally built between 1721 and 1729 by Franciscan priests, but after centuries of use the space had fallen into neglect and was verging on becoming a junk yard. It had holes in

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Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

The derelict brick factory in Toronto's Don Valley has been adapted and rehabilitated into the Evergreen Brick Works project. It is now an environmentally-based community landmark to engage visitors in

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8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

Stacked Shipping Container Office by Daiken-Met Architects Daiken-Met was having trouble finding office space to lease, so they decided to build their own temporary office out of stacked shipping

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