adaptive reuse

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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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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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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Olson Kundig Converts Auto Garage Into Charles Smith’s Tasting Room in Walla Walla, Washington

Olson Kundig Converts Auto Garage Into Charles Smith’s Tasting Room in Walla Walla, Washington

Located in the center of Walla Walla on South Spokane Street is the Charles Smith Wines World Headquarters and Wine Tasting Room. The building was originally built in 1917 and was once the home to Johnson

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David Chipperfield Wins Musee Des Beaux-Arts Design Competition with Transparent, Saw-Toothed Design

David Chipperfield Wins Musee Des Beaux-Arts Design Competition with Transparent, Saw-Toothed Design

David Chipperfield Architects has been selected to design the new Musee des Beaux-Arts in Reims, France. The museum site is located at a meeting point between old and new areas of the city, as well as an

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Pro Skateboarder Transforms a Hunting Lodge into an Indoor Skatepark in Austria

Pro Skateboarder Transforms a Hunting Lodge into an Indoor Skatepark in Austria

28-year old pro skater, Phillip Schuster had a dream, and like many other boys around the world it was to have a skatepark in his house. So he bought an old hunting lodge in Salzburg, Austria with the

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Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Above the Evolution Bar, Barlica has designed a new Mediterranean restaurant, pictures of which are on their way, while below, the designer thought it prudent to maintain the ambience of the brickwork and

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Dairy Barn Transformed into Gorgeous LEED Silver Design and Technology Center on SUNY Campus

Dairy Barn Transformed into Gorgeous LEED Silver Design and Technology Center on SUNY Campus

The new Center for Design and Technology creates a new entrance for the Morrisville campus. The character of the former dairy barn is preserved, rising in a wood-clad arch that overlooks the campus.

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Quaint Elizabethan Manor Transformed Into Gleaming Maidstone Museum

Quaint Elizabethan Manor Transformed Into Gleaming Maidstone Museum

The original structure is an ornate red brick Elizabethan manor that was built in 1561. The building has been a museum since 1858, and it now houses a collection of over 600,000 artifacts and specimens.

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Old Vinyl Records Transformed Into Chic Lamps After the Music Stops

Old Vinyl Records Transformed Into Chic Lamps After the Music Stops

The vaguely Art Deco/moderne-looking lamps come in either black, red or a multicolor mixture of 45s and are a great example of post-consumer recycling at its finest. We asked if they came with 45s sorted

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Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Recycling cans couldn't get much quirkier or more lovable than these PACMAN containers that gobble-up garbage like their computerized namesake. Designed by Portuguese studio AND-RÉ, the cans are simple

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Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

The site for Sugarhouse Studios is located south of the Olympic Park in a former sign-writers workshop, which is scheduled for demolition 2013 as part of a new residential and business development. Rather

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HASSELL Transforms a Brisbane Bread Factory into a Hip Architecture Studio

HASSELL Transforms a Brisbane Bread Factory into a Hip Architecture Studio

It's no easy feat to transform a bread factory into an inspiring architecture office, but HASSELL worked their magic to create a suite of open plan interconnected studio and meeting spaces. Working as

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Gorgeous Historic Church Transformed into Modern Residence near Adelaide, Australia

Gorgeous Historic Church Transformed into Modern Residence near Adelaide, Australia

The historic stone chapel was built in 1877 from bluestone. Although the religious effects are long gone, the façade still boasts the original church bell, which rang for the small village that

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Portuguese Barn Transformed into Sun-Drenched Louvered Residence

Portuguese Barn Transformed into Sun-Drenched Louvered Residence

The soaring ceiling of the original barn was accentuated in the main living space. One wall of the living room was replaced with floor to ceiling glass doors, which connect the interior with the serene

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Submarine Transformed into World’s First Deep Sea Bar

Submarine Transformed into World’s First Deep Sea Bar

The Guinness project was required to reflect the company's strategic branding. As such, the interior bar features unusual glass reinforced plastic material covered in rubber discs that make the bar seem

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Historic Stone-Walled Mill Transformed Into Sprawling Home in Scotland

Historic Stone-Walled Mill Transformed Into Sprawling Home in Scotland

Only three free standing walls remained from the historic mill that sat on the site near Loch Ussie. The solid stone walls, which recall the era of the castles which dot the landscape, were to be

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World War II Flak Tower Transformed Into Tropical Aquarium in Vienna

World War II Flak Tower Transformed Into Tropical Aquarium in Vienna

The blockhouse towers - enormous concrete and steel leviathans that dominated the skyline - were constructed in Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna and used in defense against Allied air raids. Each one was built

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The Beer Moth is a Sweet Room in a Refurbished Fire Truck in Scotland

The Beer Moth is a Sweet Room in a Refurbished Fire Truck in Scotland

In order to make it possible for people to walk around the truck's flatbed, on which the room for two has been created, Walter had to raise the roof by a whole foot. Everything inside the room has been

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Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who

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OMA and Artist Marina Abramović Team Up to Create the World’s First Performance Art Institute

OMA and Artist Marina Abramović Team Up to Create the World’s First Performance Art Institute

The former theater in Hudson, New York will combine Abramović’s pioneering spirit for performance art with OMA’s expertise in designing theatres, museums and art-experiential venues. On the heels of

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California Dreaming: Bold Tasmanian Duplex Renovation Works Passively To Reduce Its Impact

California Dreaming: Bold Tasmanian Duplex Renovation Works Passively To Reduce Its Impact

For the California Dreaming Project, Bild Architecture renovated a duplex development that is located in an area of the city originally developed with inter-war ‘California Bungalow’ type housing.

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Quirky Eco-Lamps Made from Recycled Trash by Luis Teixeira

Quirky Eco-Lamps Made from Recycled Trash by Luis Teixeira

We love featuring brilliant designs made from discarded items, and these illuminating eco-lamps by designer Luis Teixeira are certainly worth noting. Using what the designer refers to as

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Atelier Bardill is a Striking Rust-Colored Barn Renovation in Switzerland

Atelier Bardill is a Striking Rust-Colored Barn Renovation in Switzerland

The roof of Atelierhouse Bardill peaks in unison with the surrounding green shuttered homes of the traditional Swiss village. What sets the studio apart are the ornate stamps that emblazen the wooden

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