adaptive reuse

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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Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

The Darling Foundry was transformed as an adaptive reuse project in 2002 by In Situ Design after being abandoned for over 10 years. The new building houses three exhibition spaces, as well as a network

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Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

According to Karl, who did all of the construction work, this shed is surprisingly sturdy and water tight. It receives all of its support from the car parts and he even pre-tensioned the roof so that it

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New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

Every year, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction in the United States, according to a new report from Preservation Green Lab, and that number is

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A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo's darkness, A Room for London features

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A Striking Timber Facade Wraps the Telefónica Corporate University Campus

A Striking Timber Facade Wraps the Telefónica Corporate University Campus

The original campus was designed by famed Barcelona architect Manuel Baldrich I Tubau. Batlle I Roig kept Tubau’s historic design, but added their own modifications to the complex, as well as an

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Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

The historic waterfront building had to be raised up by updating the foundation with galvanized steel pile extensions to meet the surrounding neighborhood street level. For the rehabilitation of the

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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