Tag Archives: adaptive reuse

The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Describing the structure as a “Sleeping Beauty,” Schulze says that the redevelopment of the Old Main Post Office is not only significant for representing a major adaptive reuse and revitalization of one of Chicago’s great buildings, but it’s one that is expected to help breathe new life into the sleepy stretch of the South Loop and West Loop Gate.

Source: The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The premises, a previously unused diesel generator room, have indeed become a spectacular showcase for the virtues of salvaging both cast-off plant room space that might otherwise languish, and materials that would have ended up in landfill.

Source: Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

A window bank unearthed during the restoration process.

The building lived many lives before being decommissioned—barracks, courthouse, offices—and like archaeologists, building crews were able to uncover some original building components that had been long covered up. Vinyl flooring had been placed over terrazzo tile in the original mess hall. A utilitarian wall turned out to be hiding a whole bank of historic windows.

Source: Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

Above: The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

The wide-plank flooring is original, newly lightened with a soap and lye finish. The black metal long-armed sconces were designed by the architects.

Source: Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

(Courtesy Dreyfuss + Blackford)

The adaptive reuse project covers 53,100 square-feet, including 22,800 square-feet of new space, to convert the structure into a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) center. There will also be a two-story addition that protrudes from the east side of the power station, containing main circulation, classrooms, offices, a café, and a 120-seat planetarium that rises above the building.

Source: Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat 

Domino Park – Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Domino Park will open June 10.

Set to open to the public on June 10, the park — which was installed with reclaimed relics from the former Domino Sugar Refinery — has been converted into a quarter-mile long stretch of open green space running along the Williamsburg waterfront.

Source: Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

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“I’m not a developer. I don’t understand the machinery, the political machinery, to become a developer and make something else out of it,” said Blochoe. “Five previous owners have failed in doing something to this place, if my count is not mistaken, and I have no other plans.”

Source: Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

A Baowu Steel facility in northern Shanghai will be regenerated into an art and education hub, named Shanghai International Art City. Ti Gong

“Keeping the authenticity of the buildings has become a kind of art itself,” said Yongwoo Lee, artistic director of the Shanghai International Art City Research Institute. “Industrial heritage goes far beyond existing architectural recognition with unique standing and image.”

Source: City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

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The addition of the L-shaped, two-wing building offers students a study in contrasts between these two modern construction methods, as well as between 19th-century-style timber construction and 21st-century CLT construction. Levitt said CLT was a natural choice considering the importance of timber and wood resources to northern Ontario, although there was little precedent for its institutional application in Canada at the time, much less on this scale.

Source: New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

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“Adaptive use involves less waste of materials and less need for new building materials like drywall, plaster and concrete, which are highly energy and carbon intensive, even with the most sustainable production methodologies,” Green Generation Solutions CEO Brad Dockser said to ULI. “The ability to reuse windows, walls and ornamentation is critical. And it’s possible to be highly creative. I’ve seen people put an office or a conference room in what used to be a vault. Instead of spending enormous amounts of money”

Source: Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”

Source: TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard | Inhabitat 

Brooklyn Grange is developing green spaces at Kearny Point in New Jersey

Kearny Point in New Jersey

“We know what these industrial spaces can become and how they can be reinvented. We’ve seen the evolution of the Navy Yard. When we talked to the people at Hugo Neu about their vision about Kearny Point, we really got it. It resonated with us.”

Source: Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.

Photo Provided | Preservation New Jersey

“Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences,” said Courtenay D. Mercer, president of PNJ.

Source: Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

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Despite Sears’ recent struggles, developers are eyeing the company’s former properties as major opportunities. Last year, Springbank Real Estate Group acquired the vacant Sears at 1900 W. Lawrence Avenue in the Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and plans to transform the 1920’s era structure into 59 apartments, 91 parking spaces, and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

Source: Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Photo Credit: Architects Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks

Although there are some updated elements, the structure still sits within the original stones of the farmhouse, and is topped by a pitched roof similar to the one that would have sheltered the old Scottish house.

Source: A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Fogarty Finger creates home in New Jersey propeller factory

Paulus Hook Residence by Fogarty Finger

“The architectural design aimed to convert the historic propeller-pattern factory into a modern home, while also restoring the classic details,” said a statement from Fogarty Finger.

 “The architects preserved the original wood joists, wood columns, concrete floors and machinery from the building’s industrial past and incorporated them into the main living space,” said the statement.

Source: Fogarty Finger creates home in New Jersey propeller factory

‘Our Towns’: James and Deborah Fallows on how small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving – Curbed

Greenville, South Carolina, one of the roughly two dozen communities highlighted in Our Towns. Shutterstock

Many cities are taking advantage of their 19th-century building stock, investing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. They’re also adding art and music spaces, showcasing how small-town urbanism is alive and well.

Source: ‘Our Towns’: James and Deborah Fallows on how small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving – Curbed

East Nashville church building eyed for hotel | Nashville Post

The two-parcel property has addresses of 819 and 901 Russell St. and spans a collective roughly 0.56 acres on either side of South Ninth Street in Historic Edgefield.

“The building is a great candidate for adaptive reuse,” Walker said. “And in many cities, inner-city churches have been successfully converted into residential units, hotels and theaters.”

Source: East Nashville church building eyed for hotel | Nashville Post

16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Phyllida Barlow for the High Line. Image via High Line Art

A prime example of adaptive reuse, The High Line provides the perfect context for Barlow, known for her use of throwaway materials, and the presentation of her work.

Source: 16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Massimo Bottura and JR launch an haute-cuisine soup kitchen in a Paris crypt

Photography: JR

‘To feed the planet is not to produce more, it is to fight the waste,’ says Bottura. ‘How to fight it, with the beauty of the imagination of the chefs, the artists … With beauty, we will rebuild the dignity of those who come eat here.’

Source: Massimo Bottura and JR launch an haute-cuisine soup kitchen in a Paris crypt

The Battery Street Tunnel will become rubble storage, not public space – Curbed Seattle

The Battery Street Tunnel in 2009. Courtesy of WSDOT

Potential projects ranged from a mushroom farm to sustainable wastewater infrastructure. But after a City Council vote Monday afternoon, there’s only one thing that can happen to the tunnel: It will be filled with rubble and sealed off.

Source: The Battery Street Tunnel will become rubble storage, not public space – Curbed Seattle

PHOTOS: New restaurant brings farm-to-table dining to Charlotte’s uptown – Charlotte Business Journal

Haymaker, Farm to Table Restaurant

The restaurant’s design melds rustic, mid-centruy modern and industrial touches. The goal was to create an approachable space, where a night out on the town or a meal before or after a baseball game can happen, Dissen says. “You want to have that blend between the space and the food,” he says.

Source: PHOTOS: New restaurant brings farm-to-table dining to Charlotte’s uptown – Charlotte Business Journal

Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

Affectionately known as the Money Box, 5 Martin Place is one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings. (Credit: ABC licensed)

“If you look at the steel, we’ve avoided 5,000 tonnes in carbon emissions by not having to produce the steel that would have been needed to replace that building,” Mr Wall said.

Source: Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

24 vacant Detroit schools go up for sale – Curbed Detroit

Cooley High School Photo by Chuckjav/Wikimedia Commons

Each property is listed with a link to its Google Street View—giving an idea of what the property and the surrounding areas look like—plus square footage, acreage, and the year each property was built. No prices are listed; these properties will go to the best offer.

Source: 24 vacant Detroit schools go up for sale – Curbed Detroit

RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Breweries can improve slum and blight in a community by creating an adaptive reuse for derelict/vacant buildings such as old department stores, warehouses, churches, fire stations and train stations. Once the buildings are retrofitted as craft breweries, they have the potential to become a major catalyst for revitalization within a city, attracting additional visitors, job creation and investment.

Source: RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine 

Courtesy of Trinity Financial – Trinity Financial is redeveloping the Van Brodie Mill into affordable housing in Lawrence, Mass. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-, 56 two-, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

“We are thrilled to begin the transformation of the Van Brodie Mill,” said Trinity Financial project manager Dan Drazen. “Thanks to MassHousing’s investment, this project will breathe new life into a historically significant asset while creating much-needed mixed-income housing in the Gateway City of Lawrence.”

Source: Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine | Adaptive Reuse, Construction Finance, Tom Lyons, Dan Drazen, Rob Vest, Thomas McColgan, Trinity Financial, MassHousing, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Red Stone Equity Partners, TD Bank, Massachusetts

Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Chalkboards from classrooms

The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).

Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.

Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Real Trends: The Future of Real Estate in the United States, a report commissioned by Capital One and written by the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Source: Turning Older Buildings into Great Places to Live| Housing Finance Magazine | Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse, Laura Bailey, Capital One

Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

(Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington)

“The former fire station is on the historic register and it is surrounded by the beautiful community of Forty Acres,” Purzycki said in a press statement. “Given the character and uniqueness of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood, the City will look for creative uses for the property that take into consideration what’s appropriate for the community. Considering the structure’s historic nature we hope to receive ideas for an adaptive reuse that preserves the building’s exterior.”

Source: Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Officials from both groups gave similar explanations Monday for why they began marketing their proposals long before they’d normally be made public. In short, both wanted to get ahead of the city’s deliberations on the matter and get their ideas before a broad audience, hopefully generating public support for efforts to save a building whose future has long been in question.

Source: Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

The old Toronto Power Generating Station along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls is one of the former power-plant buildings that the Niagara Parks Commission is hoping to repurpose. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

“I’m just wondering what the long-term plan is to try to bring that back to life. It’s falling apart. (It) is really sad to see what is happening there. I think most of the proposals we got years ago, everybody wanted a boutique hotel, and nobody up here wanted a boutique hotel, so I’m wondering if you’re thinking about this, what we’re going to do in the future — if you have some plans.”

Source: NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Green – Civic: Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (Courtesy The Living)

 

 

First, the Adaptive Reuse category could have been three times as big as it was, because almost every category received some kind of reuse project. From lofts to retail spaces in disused buildings, the amount of old structures made new is astounding and speaks to larger movements in U.S. architecture. Reclaimed spaces are currently stylish and it is generally better for the environment and local culture when we reintegrate existing structures into their cities.

Source: Here are the winners of Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards – Archpaper.com

Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

The Sea View Hospital first opened in 1913 and was once the largest and most renown tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country. Having evolved over the past century into a unique blend of active hospital (operated by NYC Health + Hospitals) and adaptive reuse of many buildings, the facility is poised to become the city’s first planned Wellness Community in Staten Island.

Source: Video: Never Before Seen Aerial Views of NYC’s Abandoned Sea View Hospital & Staten Island Farm Colony | Untapped Cities

Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

File photograph of the Battery Street Tunnel in Seattle during the viaduct’s semiannual inspection in 2009. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation

A mini design competition, titled Recharge the Battery, brought a rich collection of ideas for reusing the tunnel presented in September at a neighborhood space called Block 41 in Belltown. …Over 40 display boards showed how the underground structure could be put to work. Some of them believe it could be a great place for a park, a thrill ride, or maybe a combination of the two.

Source: Mushroom farm? Park? Oh, the possibilities for this Seattle tunnel

The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

A model interior at Six Cortlandt Alley — a five-unit condo developed by Ryan Kaplan that’s set within a former factory. Halstead Property Development Marketing

“We actually have several locations within the building where you can see the original fabric of the property,” says Ryan Kaplan, a partner at Imperial. “We wanted to remind people from the moment they step into the building and up until they get to their apartment that there is a history here that can’t be replicated in a new building.”

Source: The hottest new condo trend is reusing old buildings | New York Post

For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Keller Williams Realty Cityside

A pioneering adaptive-reuse property, the 500-unit landmark building was originally a 19th Century cotton mill. Transformed into lofts in the 1990s, it withstood a wicked fire in 1999 and a tornado nine years ago.

Source: For $525K, Cabbagetown loft is old, vast, borderline gothic – Curbed Atlanta

Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

PHOTO BY DAVID GOTTSCHALK
Lauren Lambert and Katie Murphy, graduate students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, review architectural documents Friday in front of the horse barn at Fitzgerald Station in Springdale. Students from the university will come up with plans for the site, which once was a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Overland Express mail route.

McClure, a native of Pryor, Okla., is an architecture professor and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He said the Fitzgerald Station fits perfectly with the design studio’s goals for adaptive reuse of historic properties.Smith said the students will come back to Arkansas to present their designs to stakeholders in December.Just having the designs could be helpful for getting grants, McClure said.

Source: Arkansas architecture students make plans to redesign historic stagecoach stop

This industrial crane turned home is actually quite nice – Curbed

Canopy & Stars

“It’s taken three years of planning and design, and only three weeks of building, but we got there. What started as a dream has now become a reality,” said Canopy & Stars managing director Tom Dixon. “We hope people enjoy their stays in this amazing building and wake up to the great outdoors feeling they are truly part of this pocket of nature in the city – a real natural high.”

Source: This industrial crane turned home is actually quite nice – Curbed

Redeveloping NYC’s armories: When adaptive reuse and community building bring controversy | 6sqft

The Park Avenue Armory

Today, the well-regarded cultural venue offers season tickets to its cultural events which range from music to architecture and the celebrated Winter Antiques Show. Several recent renovations have kept the historic building in ship shape. But many more armories remain in a state of limbo.

Source: Redeveloping NYC’s armories: When adaptive reuse and community building bring controversy | 6sqft

This Former Slaughterhouse Is A Perfect Example Of The Circular Economy – Industrial

Chuck Sudo/Bisnow Whiner Beer Co. brews its beer at The Plant and opened a taproom whose bar, tables and chairs were made from reclaimed wood.

 

This 94K SF former slaughterhouse was abandoned and slated for demolition when John Edel — through his company Bubbly Dynamics — bought it in 2010 and slowly repurposed the building into a vertical farm and food production business committed to a “circular economy,” a closed loop of recycling and material reuse. Today, the Plant is home to several businesses where the waste stream from one business is repurposed for use by another business elsewhere in the building.

Source: This Former Slaughterhouse Is A Perfect Example Of The Circular Economy – Industrial