adaptive reuse

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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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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