adaptive reuse

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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Frisch vom Dach To Convert Former Berlin Malt Factory Into a Rooftop Aquaponics Farm!

Frisch vom Dach To Convert Former Berlin Malt Factory Into a Rooftop Aquaponics Farm!

Community gardens are already very popular in Berlin, but a group of agro-entrepreneurs is planning to take urban farming to the next level in the German capital. A team of three Berliners is planning to

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Steel Mill Converted Into a Spectacular Public Park in Luxembourg

Steel Mill Converted Into a Spectacular Public Park in Luxembourg

The former site was once characterized by an expansive and rough aesthetic with only a few pioneer plants such as moss and birch. The goal of the new design was not to upheave the site, but to integrate

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Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and recycling

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Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Despite having only 17 square meters to work with, Boujon and Benayoun have set a new record for space management by generating more than adequate space to work and store important tools in what was once

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Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

The outer shell and infrastructure of the original stables was maintained, but the interior has been radically transformed. And yet, no attention to sustainable detail was compromised in the process.

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

The mobile library is currently located at the corner of “Otets Paisiy” Street and “General Gurko” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The location was chosen for multiple reasons. First, Otets Paisiy

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The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The original 34 foot Airstream, which was discovered in Denton, Texas, was completely gutted and then retrofitted with reclaimed wood floors, modular shelving, and all kinds of vintage storage and

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Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Summer may be coming to an end, but our longing for the sea and sand hit us with full force when we saw this gorgeous collection of Living Sails Furniture by Dvelas. Repurposed by hand from canvas no

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Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed  Office

Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed Office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Manuel Maia Gomes Architects makes their contribution to sustainability by keeping many of the existing materials in their reconstruction project. Original windows, granite walls, porticos, and a few

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Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

The Granary is located in the Abbey Road Conservation Area and contains a mix of commercial spaces, a public square, a restaurant and a riverside terrace. The mixed-use scheme was designed to be a vibrant

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Interview: Ruud Visser Transforms Old Churches and Water Towers Into Incredible Modern Homes

Interview: Ruud Visser Transforms Old Churches and Water Towers Into Incredible Modern Homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Belgian Brewery Transformed into Modern Housing Project for Artists

Belgian Brewery Transformed into Modern Housing Project for Artists

The architects sought to integrate as much of the original architecture and structural elements of the former Hallemans brewery as possible into the new design. In order to infuse the historic space with

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Brilliant Computer History Museum Renovated From a Silicon Valley Tech Building

Brilliant Computer History Museum Renovated From a Silicon Valley Tech Building

The museum got its start back in the 1960s when Gordon and Gwen Bell first exhibited their personal collection of computing devices in the lobby of the Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston. From there

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Last Surviving Ellis Island Ferry Transformed Into a Floating Home

Last Surviving Ellis Island Ferry Transformed Into a Floating Home

It goes without saying that designers always have impeccably put together apartments and homes, but we must say that this historic boat turned floating home takes the cake for creative living. Created by

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Subterranean Archaeology Museum Proposed For Antwerp’s Abandoned Tunnels

Subterranean Archaeology Museum Proposed For Antwerp’s Abandoned Tunnels

Martin's thesis project was inspired by the novel Austerlitz, which is an exploration of architecture as a narrative. He proposes transforming the abandoned tunnels underneath Antwerp's central station

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A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

"The goal of this 6800 square foot commercial office renovation project was to recycle a pair of older, historic structures, giving them a new identity and purpose while retaining their historic

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18th Century Stone Cottage Transformed Into Brilliant Pantone 375C Winery

18th Century Stone Cottage Transformed Into Brilliant Pantone 375C Winery

The original 150-acre estate included an old 1970s agricultural warehouse and a 1900s stone cottage, both of which were incorporated the renovated winery. Sala Ferusic sought to make use of these existing

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LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, LZT incorporated clear panels into the sides of the garage and then added a tall window to the northern wall. These not only encourage daylighting

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Minneapolis Grain Exchange Renovated Into CoCo Collaborative Office

Minneapolis Grain Exchange Renovated Into CoCo Collaborative Office

For a reasonable monthly fee, an individual or a group can rent office space in either of the CoCo offices. Renters enjoy a slew of perks, like a PO box, storage space, access to bike and car rentals,

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Sydney Church Renovated Into A Chic Home Complete With Indoor Pool

Sydney Church Renovated Into A Chic Home Complete With Indoor Pool

The larger residence, featured here, is a three bedroom, three bath home situated on three levels, with an extra room that can serve as an office. Charms from the original church like the soaring

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The Hummer House: A Better Use For Hummers As Prefab Housing

The Hummer House: A Better Use For Hummers As Prefab Housing

Designed for the Prefab 20/20-An Open Ideas International Competition 2009, the Hummer House is an exploration into the potential uses of the soon to be extinct monster SUV. HplusF researched the Hummer's

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RIBA Announces Stirling Prize Shortlisted Projects and More Than Half Are Green

RIBA Announces Stirling Prize Shortlisted Projects and More Than Half Are Green

Of the four projects that we consider "green," the Velodrome by Hopkins Architects is considered a favorite. With its signature saddle roof (sometimes referred to as a pringle because of its shape), the

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Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

This sewage plant must have made quite a stink when Dick van Gameren architects proposed to convert it into apartments more than a decade ago, long before adaptive re-use became fashionable. Today it

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Vintage Trailer Transformed Into Adorable Holiday Hair Studio in Portland

Vintage Trailer Transformed Into Adorable Holiday Hair Studio in Portland

We found out about Robin and her sweet studio through an interview over at Re-nest where she describes her average day. We love that rather than going off to find a bigger home with a place for her hair

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Manhattan Beach Post Office Transformed Into Hip New LA Restaurant

Manhattan Beach Post Office Transformed Into Hip New LA Restaurant

With the aim of creating a nostalgic throwback, as well as a place where local residents would want to come and hang out, the firm and restaurant's owners set out to create a space with a uniquely local

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Antwerp Water Tower Transformed Into Translucent 6-Story Apartment

Antwerp Water Tower Transformed Into Translucent 6-Story Apartment

The water tower stood empty for many years before the city decided to sell it. A local landscape architect jumped at the chance to make it into his dream home. Working with Jo Crepain, the two created a

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