adaptive reuse

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 "secondary-raw

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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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CAMPstreet Lofts is an Artsy Adaptive Reuse of a 1920s Factory in San Antonio

CAMPstreet Lofts is an Artsy Adaptive Reuse of a 1920s Factory in San Antonio

CAMPstreet Lofts was originally built in 1926 and served as the Duerler Candy Factory until 1937 when it was taken over by Tobin Surveys. In 2001, Linda Pace, an art patron in San Antonio, bought the

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Somewhere Turns a British Workboat into a Fun Floating Cinema

Somewhere Turns a British Workboat into a Fun Floating Cinema

Originally formed as part of the CREATE festival 2011 and the latest commission in UP Projects’ Portavilion program, the floating cinema is a public art project that meanders down London's waterways. At

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Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

The Arenc Silo was built in the mid 1920s and has held a prominent position near the port of Marseille. For many years, the silo sat vacant and abandoned, but when the neighborhood began undergoing

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Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

This Friday, March 9th, Starbucks will open its first European concept store located in a renovated historic bank in Amsterdam. The new new shop is located in the vault of the historic Amsterdamsche Bank,

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Artist Baptiste Debombourg Makes a Magnificent Metal Mural With Half a Million Staples

Artist Baptiste Debombourg Makes a Magnificent Metal Mural With Half a Million Staples

Debombourg's illustrious career began in Paris in 2002 and has continue to get better ever since, culminating in Aggravure III. This particular project takes as points of reference the protagonist Icarus,

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ANTONAS Wants to Convert Ordinary Buses Into Roaming Hostels

ANTONAS Wants to Convert Ordinary Buses Into Roaming Hostels

ANTONAS suggests that the existing bus should be left untouched on the outside while the interior should be converted into 7 small rooms. There will also be a water closet and a living area, along with

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Montreal Train Factory Transformed into LEED Office Complex and Low Income Housing

Montreal Train Factory Transformed into LEED Office Complex and Low Income Housing

During most of the 20th century, the Canadian Pacific Railway factory was the lifeblood of the neighborhood, employing 12,000 locals. The industrial buildings were once guarded with a closed entrance,

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The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

Bang Architects writes that ZAP' ADOS was built along a canal in St. Pierre and extends an urban renewal program initially sparked by La Cité de la Dentelle. Making the project visible was of utmost

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7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore 24-Hour Library Built from 1,000 Empty Beer Cartons Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Phone Booth Library BiebBus Shipping Container Library Van

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Biosphere is one of the only museums of its kind, dedicated solely to the environment and environmental education. Each of the halls in the museum are dedicated to a series of rotating exhibitions,

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The Shed:  Historic Industrial Building Transformed into an Efficient Modern Home

The Shed: Historic Industrial Building Transformed into an Efficient Modern Home

The Shed was originally built in 1890 and housed a coach building garage owned by two Irish blacksmiths. A series of industrial business have occupied the garage-like space over the years, before it was

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Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal

Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal

Provencher Roy + Associés Architects headed the redesign of the historic church that was originally designed and built by Alexander C. Hutchinson in 1894. With the church preservation at the heart of the

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D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

Both the windmill and inner farmhouse square were built in 1841, and preserved and protected as landmarks. Govaert & Vanhoutte wanted to pay respect to the historic structures while introducing a

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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a year's

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