adaptive reuse

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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1930′s Church Transformed Into Amazing House in Rotterdam

1930′s Church Transformed Into Amazing House in Rotterdam

The original church was a voluminous building with a high roof lined with beautiful wood paneling and a choir platform on one side with two dormer windows. In total, the volume of the church was 3,000

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19th Century Military Bunker Transformed Into Waterside Landmark

19th Century Military Bunker Transformed Into Waterside Landmark

An abandoned military bunker in The Netherlands has been transformed into a striking waterside landmark by Reitvel Landscape. Used from 1815 until 1940, the area in which the structure is settled was a

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Modern Renovation of an 1850′s Australian Farm House

Modern Renovation of an 1850′s Australian Farm House

The original house, with its meter-thick walls, wrap-around veranda, and minimal windows stood up well to harsh summer conditions, acting like a fortress against the elements when settlers were shaping

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Former Oil Rig Transformed Into Diving Resort

Former Oil Rig Transformed Into Diving Resort

Seaventures Dive Resort is an all-inclusive resort located on the waters of the Celebes Sea, near Sipadan Island. Now a national park, the area is well-known for its superb scuba diving , featuring coral

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Would You Swim in a Dumpster Pool?

Would You Swim in a Dumpster Pool?

Adaptive reuse is all about starting with an object and transforming it into something new and useful through the power of smart design. Case in point: these old dumpsters turned into swimming pools! Talk

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LAST CHANCE to Dive in the NYC Dumpster Pools this Saturday!

LAST CHANCE to Dive in the NYC Dumpster Pools this Saturday!

HEY NEW YORK CITY! Summer is all about making a splish and a splash, so if you haven’t made it over to Park Avenue for a dip in one of Macro Sea’s infamous dumpster pools, you’d better get moving

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PHOTOS: NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash with All Ages!

PHOTOS: NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash with All Ages!

We first wrote about these unlikely swimming holes last year when they mysteriously appeared at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn. Since then, they've made such a splash that across the city that the

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Old San Francisco Mint to Become a Gorgeous Green Museum

Old San Francisco Mint to Become a Gorgeous Green Museum

Originally constructed in 1874, the San Francisco building was the second branch of the United States Mint. The building was designed by Alfred Mullet, who used a 'floating' foundation design which

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1963 Airstream Trailer Transformed into Beautiful Modern Studio

1963 Airstream Trailer Transformed into Beautiful Modern Studio

Sarah is a designer/writer and her husband owns a building and remodeling company. The couple lives in Phoenix, where the 1963 Airstream Safari Trailer sits in their backyard. Sarah's husband did much of

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Amazing Rotunda House Created From Cold War Torpedo Facility

Amazing Rotunda House Created From Cold War Torpedo Facility

A British facility once used to test Cold War submarine technology has been converted into an award-winning modern house -- and it could all be yours for a cool £ 4 million (or a little over $6.1 million

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Old Bank In NY Gets “Greenovated” into Cultural Hub

Old Bank In NY Gets “Greenovated” into Cultural Hub

Allard and Matulis's idea for The Foundry started back in 2005, and they chose the bedroom community of Cohoes, New York for their project. The area, which was once known for its manufacturing of

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Abandoned Industrial Silo Becomes Beautiful Residences in Denmark

Abandoned Industrial Silo Becomes Beautiful Residences in Denmark

In a stunning example of adaptive reuse C. F. Møller Architects and Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma have transformed an abandoned industrial silo in Løgten, Denmark into the core of a multi-story

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Public Toilet Transformed Into Dream Cottage in the UK

Public Toilet Transformed Into Dream Cottage in the UK

People are getting pretty creative these days creating homes from the oddest things. Take this one for example - a couple in Scarborough, Great Britain bought the lease for a public toilet house next to a

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Carbon-Free Battersea Power Plant Renovation Gets the Green Light

Carbon-Free Battersea Power Plant Renovation Gets the Green Light

We first covered the Battersea Power Plant renovation back in January, and although a build date has yet to be set we're excited to see the project cleared for construction. Rafael Viñoly Architects'

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UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is undergoing some serious construction that will leave an ugly casualty behind: the old eastern half of the bridge span. Last year, Rael San Fratello Architects proposed that

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Soviet Fish Factory Retrofitted Into Beautiful Modern Home

Soviet Fish Factory Retrofitted Into Beautiful Modern Home

Architect Zaigas Gailes Birojs has transformed an abandoned soviet fish factory in Kaltene, Latvia into a beautiful modern residence. Situated on the coast of an island in the Baltic Sea, the

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Bus Shelter Made From Salvaged School Buses

Bus Shelter Made From Salvaged School Buses

Decommissioned school buses get sent to the scrapyard every day, so sculptor Christopher Fennell created this brilliant yellow bus shelter to keep the spirit of these buses going round and round. Situated

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Water Pumping Plant Renovated Into Gorgeous Living Space

Water Pumping Plant Renovated Into Gorgeous Living Space

Berlin is a burgeoning modern city with a compelling history, a diverse culture, abundant art, and distinctive architecture that rivals the likes of Paris, London and New York. But if there is one thing

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Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

One trend we noticed in this year’s AIA Homes Tours in San Francisco was how the frugal use of floor space and an abundance of natural light can add volume to otherwise downsized floor plans. Boor

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Warehouse Renovation Showcases Sustainable Materials

Warehouse Renovation Showcases Sustainable Materials

When Atlanta based ad agency The Jones Group decided it was time to revamp their image and headquarters, they turned to designer Caryn Grossman of CG Creative Interiors to complete the task. With two

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Dumpster Dive LITERALLY Into a Guerrilla Dumpster Pool!

Dumpster Dive LITERALLY Into a Guerrilla Dumpster Pool!

Just in time for warm summer weather in NYC, we came across this AWESOME guerrilla design project: swimming pools in Brooklyn -- made out of old dumpsters! We're salivating at the thought of diving into

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Toronto’s Ambitious Tower Renewal Project

Toronto’s Ambitious Tower Renewal Project

Much like every big city, Toronto has an aging array of Post WW-II high rise apartment buildings. When they were built in the 1960's they were considered the height of modernity and dense urban design,

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Denmark Renovates Water Tower Into Green Student Housing

Denmark Renovates Water Tower Into Green Student Housing

Water towers, TV antennas, parking garages and other structures tend to be ignored within the ubiquitous context of their surroundings, however these oft-overlooked structures can offer amazing

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New Jersey’s LEED Silver Garden Street Lofts

New Jersey’s LEED Silver Garden Street Lofts

As green building has become more popular and important, developers are looking for ways to renovate older buildings into modern, efficient and healthy spaces. The Garden Street Lofts, in Hoboken, NJ, are

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Beautiful Modern House Rises from Stone Ruins

Beautiful Modern House Rises from Stone Ruins

Latvian architects NRJA constructed this beautiful renovation of an old stone barn in Saka, Latvia. Rather than tear down the stone ruins of the barn, the family wanted to use the exterior wall of the

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Revitalized Solar-Powered Union Lofts

Revitalized Solar-Powered Union Lofts

These sleek solar-powered lofts are part of a stunning adaptive reuse of an old textile warehouse in San Diego. Designed by Jonathan Segal Architecture the 20,000 square foot block receives 50% of its

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Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders’ Stunning New Office

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders’ Stunning New Office

photo by Melanie McGraw for the American Institute of Architects A flurry of architectural enthusiasm took over San Francisco last weekend as the AIA Home Tours shifted into full gear, exhibiting an

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Forbes Park: An Exemplary Sustainable Community

Forbes Park: An Exemplary Sustainable Community

The new Forbes Park residence in Chelsea, MA is giving new life to the old Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, re-envisioning it as a prime model for sustainable development in urban city cores.

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GREAT GREEN VILLA REHAB: Linari

GREAT GREEN VILLA REHAB: Linari

We've probably all dreamed of moving to a villa in the Italian countryside, but here's a couple that has done so with a real commitment to green restoration and context-sensitive design. Inhabitat writer

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