After built structures become disused or abandoned, adaptive reuse can be the perfect way to breathe new life into an old building while conserving resources and historical value. Whether due to environmental reasons, land availability, or the desire to conserve a historic landmark, countless architectural firms worldwide are turning to adaptive reuse as a solution to some of the modern problems of the built environment.
Once a nineteenth century chapel, this holiday cottage conversion took a building heavily damaged by strong winds and rain, and turned it into a comfortable vacation residence for seven guests.
In 2004, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter ApS won the competition to convert the Jaegersborg Water Tower into a mixed-use building. Now, the building is occupied by student housing on the upper floors, with a protruding crystalline structure added to each unit, offering added daylight and views of the city.
La Primavera, Mexico / S+ diseño
Made from shipping containers, the Huiini House is a compilation of four stacked cubes, which come together to form a sustainable residence on the edge of the Primavera Forest. Because of its modular construction, the house can easily be expanded or adapted to new sustainable technologies.
Professional Cooking School in Ancient Slaughterhouse Cadiz, Spain / Sol89
From a 19th century slaughterhouse, Sol89 created a professional cooking school by consolidating the old building under a new ceramic roof and utilizing various other materials that recall the building’s origins.
Based on the relationship between design and sustainability, (fer) studio utilized a 115-year-old former dry goods store to create over ten thousand square feet of mixed-use commercial space that employs sustainable technologies like a green roof, stormwater collection system, solar panels, and geothermal wells.
This project involved the restoration and extension of three former farm buildings, and the construction of one new building, to create a converted healthcare and residential building dedicated to the elderly in Poland.