The Alcatraz Photography Studio in Berkeley, Calif., transformed a century-old box of a building used as a Halloween costume store into an artistic space. PHOTO Billy Hustace Photography
The project team was encouraged by the client and designers to reuse and expose original building materials. The team preserved the wooden floor covered with colorful paint drips, giving the space a unique character. This sustainable approach was noticed by the judges, who appreciated the “simplicity, beauty and attention to detail” of the small project, noting that such renovation and adaptive reuse “could be considered a lost art.”
Source: ENR California Best Projects 2018 Renovation/Restoration: Alcatraz Photo Studio | 2018-10-02 | Engineering News-Record
St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, was a skilled nursing facility when it shut down in 2010, the same year the Art Deco building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
With the senior population and demand for senior housing guaranteed to grow over the next 20 years, yesterday’s offices, hotels, schools and commercial buildings can be repurposed into the senior housing of tomorrow.
Source: How Adaptive Reuse is Helping Create the Senior Housing of Tomorrow – Senior Housing News
RE–USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse A Toolkit for Post-Industrial Cities by Matteo Robiglio, JOVIS Verlag GmbH, 2017
Robiglio analyzed his observations and turned them into an “adaptive reuse toolkit” that can be used by cities but is really addressed to concerned citizens intent on reviving their neighborhoods. Consisting of eight steps and addressed to “you and your family,” the processes outlined are intended to chart a path of redevelopment and acknowledge and build upon the industrial legacy by emphasizing adaptive reuse.
Source: Book Review: RE-USA 20 american stories of adaptive reuse – UrbDeZine NYC
Experiential passageways for cars and pedestrians will connect to the different buildings on site. (Courtesy S9 Architecture)
ATCO brought on S9 to collaborate on the adaptive reuse of the complex’s 12 main buildings and connect them through experiential passageways. In between each structure, the team will lay out gathering spaces for people to eat, hang out, or put on events.
Source: Charlotte is converting an old Model T and missile factory into workspaces – Archpaper.com
Elevator Alley is a complex of hundreds of grain silos—now filled with breweries, event spaces and more—along the Buffalo River. PHOTO: JIM SCHWABEL/ALAMY
In recent years, cultural institutions, visitor bureaus and artists have turned the elevator complexes into money-making attractions, from museums and luxury hotels to shopping venues and art installations.
Source: Grain Silos: From Empty Relics to Cultural Landmarks and Luxury Hotels – WSJ
Courtesy of Lovett Commercial Rendering of 1818 Washington St. in Sawyer Yards
Repurposing old buildings continues to be popular in the Inner Loop. The latest sizable one combines two things millennials love — art and breweries.
Source: Sawyer Yards’ 115K SF Adaptive Reuse Expansion Will Create One Of The Country’s Largest Arts Communities
Ironside Newark exterior. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.
“Given the historic nature of the building and the prior uses in the building, we quickly recognized that the bones were irreplaceable and therefore repurposing it for its intended use as loft-style office with street-level retail would be a great second life if you will for the building,” Sommer explained, adding that “we’re seeing a tremendous amount of velocity on both fronts.”
Source: Inside Ironside: How a Former Newark Warehouse is Being Brought Back to Life | Jersey Digs
Bisnow/Julie Littman Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event held in The Fairmont in San Francisco
“Everyone wants brick and timber, but there is only so much of that and a lot of it’s been taken,” Build Inc. President and partner Lou Vasquez said during Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event. While the temptation might be to tear down an old building, especially if it costs too much to restore it, there is inherent value in restoration, Vasquez said. “You can’t buy that character. You can’t build that character,” he said.
Source: Demand Rising For Offices In Historic Buildings, But Supply Limited
Combating blight and replacing the tax base: Unutilized structures are creating blight in markets across the U.S. And local governments are losing revenue from both declining sales and property taxes as retail stores close and prior growth industries such as financial services contract. How can cities replace lost sales and property tax revenue from closed stores and branch banks? Ironically, the solution is what local communities least understand and most resist: reusing a structure or property. It is a fe
Source: Adaptive Reuse: Turning Blight into Bright | CCIM Institute
Courtesy Brøchner Hotels
The concrete building’s heritage-protected exterior facade has a grid of horizontal metal blades while inside cast concrete is left exposed along with concrete floors and original terrazzo stairs.
Source: Copenhagen transformer station is reborn as Hotel Herman K
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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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
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
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
“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
“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
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
The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.
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“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
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
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
“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
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
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
The shelves, installed on a rail system, can be moved when more space is needed for large event or to create private areas for smaller conferences or meetings.
Source: Architects convert old Dutch church into a gorgeous library | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
Photos by Tom Harris via Dezeen
In Toledo, Ohio, HKS transformed a 124,000 square foot plant into a new office building for ProMedica, a growing medical company whose offices had been spread throughout the city.
Source: Gorgeous renovation turns old steam factory into modern office space – Curbed
As long as sound underwriting and proper planning are taken seriously, the outcome of a renovation and adaptive-reuse project is often better than a new development.
Source: Creative developers repurposing older, outmoded buildings
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
‘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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The chapel’s historic shell was left completely untouched—from its faded frescoes and chipped plaster to its vaulted ceiling.
Source: Sleek modern office inserted into historic brick chapel – Curbed
(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
(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
Photography is by Susanna von Känel.
Christian Müller was approached by the two owners of Casa Sur Ual, a 350-year-old house in the Swiss village of Vella, and asked to divide it into two family apartments.
Source: Christian Müller converts Alpine chalet into a pair of homes
A cottage in England’s West Midlands that was close to crumbling is now preserved like a museum display inside a new envelope of black corrugated metal.
Source: Architecture as the Phoenix: 13 Modern Structures Borne from Rot and Ruin | Urbanist
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