adaptive reuse

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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Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

An out of use tin mine in the south west of England is on its way to becoming a hotspot for renewable energy. Earlier today, more than 5,600 solar panels on the site were fired up by Solarcentury and

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Historic Bogue Warehouse Transformed into Outstanding Solar Powered Offices in Salt Lake City

Historic Bogue Warehouse Transformed into Outstanding Solar Powered Offices in Salt Lake City

The Bogue Supply Company was a mining machinery retailer and provided custom one of a kind pieces and repairs. The company utilized a number of buildings including a machine shop, a pattern shop and a

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FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

Over time David Hertz and his team at Studio of Environmental Architects will be making use of the whole 747 plane including the wings, the fuselage, and cockpit to build not only the main house, but also

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Former Golden Crust Bakery Renovated into a Delicious New Living Space

Former Golden Crust Bakery Renovated into a Delicious New Living Space

Much of the exterior brickwork was left intact - including the original painted Golden Crust Bakery signage. Inside, however, the rooms are airy and modern with white walls and minimalist furniture that

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300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

The barn is located on a hill with a vantage over open farmland and woodlands. Wanting to preserve all that was good with the historic barn -- but still have a modern, efficient, functional home -- the

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang's spirited "Before I Die" installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an interactive public art

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Tassafaronga Village Repurposes A Defunct Pasta Factory Into Green Affordable Housing

Tassafaronga Village Repurposes A Defunct Pasta Factory Into Green Affordable Housing

After years of trying to redevelop the site into social housing, the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) finally got a boost from HUD and brought on David Baker to re-envision the site. The new 7.5 acre

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Inside Hearst Tower, New York City’s First LEED Gold Skyscraper

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Inside Hearst Tower, New York City’s First LEED Gold Skyscraper

While we write about innovative green buildings every day on Inhabitat, as New Yorkers, being located right in the heart of New York City affords us the opportunity to see firsthand many of the most

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Spanish Train Station Renovated Into A Green-Roofed Youth & Public Art Center

Spanish Train Station Renovated Into A Green-Roofed Youth & Public Art Center

The site of the train station was owned and operated by the Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha (FEVE light rail line), but the station had fallen into disuse. Since it's located in a very busy part of the

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19th Century Fortress Transformed Into Beautiful Boutique Hotel

19th Century Fortress Transformed Into Beautiful Boutique Hotel

The former fortress is located on 88 acres of private land at the point of the Bay of Palma. The entire fortress has been converted into a boutique hotel with 24 luxury rooms and maintains 2 km of private

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Chapel Transformed Into Stunning Modern Residence in Utrecht

Chapel Transformed Into Stunning Modern Residence in Utrecht

Older churches were built to stand the test of time, like this small Catholic chapel in Utrecht. Instead of tearing it down to make way for more housing, the chapel was converted into a very modern

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El Ateneo: Grand Old Theater Transformed into the World’s Most Ornate Bookstore

El Ateneo: Grand Old Theater Transformed into the World’s Most Ornate Bookstore

The original building was designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol and opened as the Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919. Like much of the architecture from the period, the interior features lavish

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Abandoned Silos Transformed Into a Climbing Gym

Abandoned Silos Transformed Into a Climbing Gym

The city of Amsterdam wasn't quite sure what to do with three abandoned sewage treatment silos, so they decided to hold a competition to determine the best adaptive reuse project. One of the projects

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Beautiful Barn Renovation Literally Turns an Old Farmhouse Inside Out

Beautiful Barn Renovation Literally Turns an Old Farmhouse Inside Out

Back in 2000, the crafty geniuses at Shed spent some time on Whidbey Island getting to know the lay of the land, the original barn and how the light moves across the floor as the sun passes through the

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Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Apparently crime is down in Hong Kong, because the historical district is trying to figure out what to do with the disused Central Police Station. Architecture giants Herzog and De Meuron in collaboration

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Oil Platforms Transformed Into Sustainable Seascrapers That Produce Clean Water

Oil Platforms Transformed Into Sustainable Seascrapers That Produce Clean Water

The team's design provides a new use for existing drill pipes, using them to pull up water, rather than oil, to be stored in a spherical tank. The narrow and long capillary tubes have the power to raise

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CrystalZoo’s Renovated School is Wrapped in a Silver Membrane with Pops of Vibrant Color

CrystalZoo’s Renovated School is Wrapped in a Silver Membrane with Pops of Vibrant Color

In addition to the adaptive reuse of an existing building, CrystalZoo made sure that what new construction was done was streamline to minimize waste. The materials used were chosen for their low impact,

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