adaptive reuse

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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Old Mac Daddy: A Luxury Trailer Park Filled with Vintage Airstream Trailers in South Africa

Old Mac Daddy: A Luxury Trailer Park Filled with Vintage Airstream Trailers in South Africa

Instead of winding up at the dump, each Old Mac Daddy trailer unit has been refurbished with unique designs done by a local artist. In addition to the retrotastic accommodations, guests can visit the

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Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

As you might expect from one of the leading manufacturers of photovoltaics in the US, the roof of SunPower's HQ is entirely coated in solar panels. The company's goal for the facility was to combine

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Ancient Dominican Church Renovated into Modern Bookstore

Ancient Dominican Church Renovated into Modern Bookstore

An old Dominican church originally constructed in 1294 is now a “brand new” bookstore in the heart of Maastricht.

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Old Factory Transformed into a Bright Modern Loft by Zecc Architects

Old Factory Transformed into a Bright Modern Loft by Zecc Architects

The inside of the building boasts 250 m2 of living space that, despite the lack of walls, is partitioned into livable areas. Living, working and eating spaces are defined using colorful mats, a cool

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Transform Your Bike into a Snowmobile with the Ktrak Kit

Transform Your Bike into a Snowmobile with the Ktrak Kit

If your bike has been getting little-to-no action lately due to all the snow Old Man Winter's been dumping, check out these ingenious kits from Ktrak that transform your 2 wheeler into a skimobile! The

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Lodekka: A British Double Decker Bus Transformed into a Vintage Boutique in Portland

Lodekka: A British Double Decker Bus Transformed into a Vintage Boutique in Portland

Lodekka's owner, Erin Sutherland, originally found Ginny in Springfield, Oregon, but explains that there is no record of how exactly she got there. The Bristol Lodekka double decker bus was originally

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Old Garage Transformed into a Cool Co-op Office In Central Madrid

Old Garage Transformed into a Cool Co-op Office In Central Madrid

The former garage situated between the two main train stations in Madrid fell into disrepair and was basically untouched since the 1940's. Officials of The Hub and ch + qs architects saw that it was still

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Tulsa Architecture Firm Turns Route 66 Gas Station Into Their Office

Tulsa Architecture Firm Turns Route 66 Gas Station Into Their Office

ElevenTH knew they didn't want to be holed up in some stale office on the 13th floor of a high rise in downtown. They wanted to be in the midst of the city, "the homeless, the prostitutes, the reality of

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Old Silo Transformed Into ‘Rural High-Rise’ in Denmark

Old Silo Transformed Into ‘Rural High-Rise’ in Denmark

Siloetten is an exciting project that makes use of existing and solid infrastructure in a practical way. The abandoned silo remains in its original form and serves as the service core for the apartments

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Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private Home

Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private Home

Adaptive reuse projects generally call to mind industrial warehouses and factories turned into trendy studios, or shabby-chic restaurants and bars, but the transformation of the St. Nicholas Church in

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The Green Building: Cultural Center Rejuvenates a Neighborhood

The Green Building: Cultural Center Rejuvenates a Neighborhood

The Green Building is a 10,175 square foot mixed-use commercial building that houses a gallery, event space, offices, tenant office spaces, a conference room, and a separate tenant restaurant space. A

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Recycled Suitcases Used To Furnish Shanghai’s URBN Hotel

Recycled Suitcases Used To Furnish Shanghai’s URBN Hotel

The boutique hotel was designed by A00 Architecture and is set within a renovated warehouse in the heart of Shanghai. Set back from the street and surrounded by a high wall and gate, the hotel features a

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Urban Outfitters HQ Renovated from Abandoned Navy Yards

Urban Outfitters HQ Renovated from Abandoned Navy Yards

In the early 2000s, Urban Outfitters had 600 employees spread out over numerous buildings in downtown Philadelphia. This dispersion of the team was causing problems and the decision was made to

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The LINK: An Innovative Approach to Historic Preservation

The LINK: An Innovative Approach to Historic Preservation

The LINK is a mixed-use project in Phoenix, Arizona that proves historic preservation can coexist with innovation. Originally built in the 1950's and located in the heart of the Phoenix Cultural

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