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
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
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
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
A neglected, disused garage has been turned into a garden pavilion with a simple cooking area made from a thin counter of galvanized steel.
Source: Paradise Found: A Garage Transformed into a Garden Pavilion – Gardenista
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
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
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
Photos: Curbed Atlanta
The rail-connected district once served as Atlanta’s “central clearinghouse for livestock through the 1800s and into the 1900s,” and now it’ll cater to bowlers swilling craft beer and millennials who’d rather not work from home.
Source: Westside Atlanta’s Stockyards project inks co-working space, eyes summer debut – Curbed Atlanta
Mat Ouellette, assistant project manager for Chinburg Properties, shows an orginal low ceiling area that still remains, before a new level is built, at the Frank Jones Brew Yard in Portsmouth. [Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline]
“The quality is amazing,” said Spitzer, about the wood planks with aged patina. Spitzer said a local craftsman will use some of the timbers to make club room fixtures and tables, mill some for shelving and use other old planks for finish work. More of the pine timbers will be reused for counter tops and furniture, he said.
Source: Frank Jones Brewery redo saves architectural treasures
A rendering of the planned exterior of the Detroit Foundation Hotel inside Detroit’s former Fire Department headquarters. (Vista (Beijing) Digital Technology Co., Ltd. )
“So many places are the same that people crave difference,” Poris says. “New York is like a mall now with the same stores you find at Somerset Collection [in Troy, Mich.], Milan or Hong Kong.”
Source: Historic firehouse to hot hotel: Repurposed buildings revel in their colorful pasts – The Washington Post
Photography by Matthew Williams.
Owner and designer Method Hospitality was careful to preserve much of the landmark building’s industrial character while at the same time embracing the Fishtown’s new creative vibe.
Source: A former whiskey bottling factory becomes Philadelphia’s latest hip hotel and bar.
(Image: John Lindsay; converted pigsty in North Yorkshire, England)
According to the Landmark Trust, which restored the now converted pigsty overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, in North Yorkshire, to its former glory: “Once really a sty, Squire Barry of Fyling Hall is said to have been inspired by the classical architecture he had seen in the Mediterranean during his travels in the 1880s when building this home for his pigs.”
Source: Spend a Luxury Night in a Converted Pigsty (North Yorkshire) – Urban Ghosts Media
(Image credit: Rocky Mountain Land Library)
In Colorado, two bookstore employees are working to transform an abandoned 60-acre cattle ranch into what they call a “literary ‘home on the range’ for writers, artists, and nature-lovers.”
Source: Sleep Among the Books in these Residential Libraries | Apartment Therapy
“A high-performance, heavily tinted glass was used within the skylights’ double-glazed units to reduce summer heat,” Simpson says. Autex Industries provided the insulation for the year’s cooler months, and the addition of a second, more geometric ceiling hides modern-day electrical and mechanical cords. Photo: Shannon McGrath
The following 10 structures were fortunate enough to fall into visionary hands and are enjoying a pretty fabulous second shot at life.
Source: Dwell – 10 Inspirational Examples of Adaptive Reuse
Minimalism and tiny homes have taken over hearts and minds in recent years. This type of “shoebox” style of living is both sustainable and super affordable.
Source: America’s Oldest Mall Is Turned Into Gorgeous Tiny Homes
Red Oak Development added a third story to the two-story, stone rectory.
“We’ve worked on the Parish House for about a year, painstakingly restoring it,” said Anthony Giacobbe of Red Oak Development. “And we’re using as much as we can from the original church and rectory and putting it back into the project.”
Source: 105-year-old East Kensington rectory gets townhome treatment – Curbed Philly
“The conversion of a property from industrial or retail use to creative office has become an increasingly popular value-add strategy for investors,” Transwestern’s Michael Soto, director of research in Southern California and co-author of the report, said in a statement. “Two trends are fueling demand for this type of differentiated office product: One, technology, advertising, media and other companies trying to attract millennials are interested in the characteristic features of creative office space—open floor plans, natural lighting, common spaces and amenities such as cafés and rec rooms. And two, tenants are returning to cities, where they can take advantage of live/work/play environments.”
Source: Adaptive Reuse Projects Provide Substantial Returns – D Magazine
Unsurprisingly, Houston’s most popular areas for adaptive reuse projects – East Downtown, the Heights, Midtown – also contain a majority of the city’s historic buildings. Houston’s Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises recently scooped up a historic 17,000-square-foot building at 1919 Washington Ave.
Source: Houston developers talk historic renovations in Heights, Washington, Sugar Land – Houston Business Journal
Ryan says the properties the company wants to tear down are salvageable. “Remember, these buildings have been held for 30 years by three different sets of millionaire developers,” Ryan said. “They’ve never been owned by people who couldn’t afford to do repairs, or absentee landlords.”
Source: Reuse vs. Demolition: Debate Wages Over Elmwood-Forest Intersection
Madeline Ruiz-Robinson and Dave Robinson of SUAD Studio for Urban Architecture & Design are the project’s architect. They applied in February to add a new four-story addition to the building within the courtyard, and to keep one of the courtyard structures previously slated to be demolished as part of the project. The proposal was approved with conditions in March by the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission. In addition, new insulated windows will replicate the existing style and material of the original units, according to commission records.
Source: Adaptive Reuse Project Will Transform Historic Newark Factory Into Residences | Jersey Digs
Photo © Cornbread Works
For some living in a church may be a bit taboo, but for others, they welcome the challenge.
Photo © René de Wit
Source: Traditional Churches Become Modern Homes – Design Milk
Flickr Creative Commons/Devin Hunter
Last night, Noble Square neighbors came together for a public meeting to discuss an ambitious plan to convert St. Boniface Catholic Church into new residences and a campus for the non-profit Chicago Academy of Music (CAM). After sitting vacant for 26 years and facing demolition, the 11th hour deal to save the 1902 Henry Schlacks-designed structure from the wrecking ball was considered one of 2016’s biggest wins for Chicago architectural preservation.
Source: Adaptive reuse plan for St. Boniface to break cover in March, break ground this summer – Curbed Chicago
A fireplace in the curved wall of the central hub welcomes visitors at Moovel headquarters in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Moovel, a tech subsidiary of Daimler, opened its headquarters in the restored Overland Warehouse. (John Rudoff/For The Oregonian/OregonLive)
Moovel’s arrival in the neighborhood is the latest example of how Portland’s booming tech scene is transforming the city’s core. Portland’s Urban Development Partners spent more than a year, and upwards of $3.5 million, rehabilitating the Overland. Urban Development Partners project manager Joren Bass said the investment reflects ongoing revitalization in Old Town Chinatown and the historic nature of the Overland itself. “You can’t create space like that in a new building. It’s just impossible,” Bass said. “You can’t find timber like that anymore.” Moovel chief operating officer Sadhana Shenoy said the goal was to build community among employees, drawing on the building’s unique history.
Source: Moovel’s new Portland office restores 125-year-old fixture in Old Town Chinatown | OregonLive.com
In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, photo, the exhibition of an abstract-video installation called “Rain” by Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández is projected inside a former water reservoir dubbed the “Cistern”.
It’s the latest example of efforts by U.S. cities — including Atlanta; Buffalo, New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. — to repurpose abandoned and dilapidated pieces of infrastructure as public spaces. Urban planners see the preservation of historic buildings and other structures as essential in creating the kinds of communities people want to live in, said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Source: Houston reservoir reborn as public space, canvas for art – Houston Chronicle
The interior of the Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston (courtesy Day for Night)
Similar to the Buffalo Bayou cistern, Day for Night will work with its industrial setting that stretches more than 1.5 million square feet. Musicians like Blood Orange, John Carpenter (yes, the film director), and Aphex Twin will take over the surrounding parking lots; inside, among the broad halls and matrix of columns, 14 artists are creating interactive art installations, such as Shoplifter’s hairy “Ghostbeat” sculptures and witchy “Crimson Lotus” light work by Damien Echols. On one floor, “Björk Digital” by the Icelandic singer will fill five rooms with digital and video work, including “Black Lake” which premiered at her recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Barbara Jordan Post Office (courtesy Day for Night)
Source: A Modernist Houston Post Office Is Reborn as a Colossal Event Venue
Eco3d performs 2D and 3D structural scans on Meetinghouse 3080 in Scottsdale.
Eco3d was able to accurately capture measurements of the church interior, a crucial factor of the building conversion due to the unique shape and construction of many of the rooms, eliminating costly human error and inefficiencies that exist with traditional surveying methods, the release stated. “We are proud to be selected by Structured Real Estate to work on this truly unique, adaptive reuse project. Churches often have some of the most intricate designs so manual surveying can be quite difficult and often leads to backtracking later in the project to fix mistakes,” said Jim Kennelly, Eco3d project manager, in the release. “Our capabilities at Eco3d enable us to eliminate these inefficiencies and provide a more comprehensive measurement of the structure, in less time, allowing developers to use their precious resources in other areas. We are pleased with the results and to once again complete a great project within our home state of Arizona, and look forward to seeing Meetinghouse at 3080 once completed.”
Source: Top 3D-scanning firm selected for Scottsdale renovation project | Scottsdale Independent
Cadaval & Solà-Morales
According to a statement, the architects explained that the project was meant to be an example of “essential architecture,” “highlighting what is indispensable and removing what is not necessary. The project seeks for a harmonic relationship between the new and the old.”
Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Source: Abandoned Mexico City building gets new life as a vibrant mixed-use space – Curbed
The gas station’s original design (above) harkens back to the Modernist movement of the 1930s. Its adaptive reuse as a pizzeria (below) required closing the service bays and garage doors in the rear with a facade of cedar and storefront glazing. Images: Michael Slack, courtesy of JZA+D
Source: From fuel to food: adaptive reuse converts a closed gas station in Princeton, N.J., to a Nomad pizza | Building Design + Construction
The Art Deco Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago..
Ward explained how many of the city’s storied buildings, from the Chicago Motor Club to the old Chicago Public Library, still exist today with many of their original features and design elements preserved—even though the structures themselves have been renovated for new purposes.
Source: How to Recycle a Building | Atlas Obscura
But Kalkin wasn’t going to give up on his dream to live in a unique house, instead, he decided to encase the home inside a 27-foot-high and 33-foot-wide aircraft hangar, which provided more space and helped preserve the original clapboard cottage.
Source: Family Home in an Aircraft Carrier – 1800s Cottage Located in an Industrial Carrier
“The millennial generation is rejecting the cookie-cutter suburbia of manicured lawns and McMansions and are going for things that are more quirky,” said Tim Adriance, past president of the Bergen County Historical Society. “They are looking for something more solid with history that has connection to something.”
Source: New state program could help save North Jersey’s historical buildings – NJ State News – NorthJersey.com
Tacoma’s downtown had character. And instead of wiping it out, the city reclaimed it, just as it had reclaimed the waterways. In an effort to be sustainable and adaptive while keeping that character, the city stressed creatively repurposing and developing older and historic buildings, which other cities, including Seattle, had been tearing down for new development. Almost overnight, Tacoma became a leader in green building and creative reuse.
Source: Recycling the Past to Build the Future — Environmental Protection
RIDC President Don Smith (right) and Tim White (center) say they’re eager to see development finally begin across the 178-acre LTV Steel Hazelwood site in southeast Pittsburgh. (Megan Harris/WESA)
The mill shut down in the late 1990s, and in 2002, was bought by RIDC and a group of local foundations — including the Heinz Endowments and Richard King Mellon Foundation — intent on reclaiming the land for the city and community. They’ve remediated the land, renamed the site “Almono,” after Pittsburgh’s three rivers (Allegheny, Monogahela, Ohio), and are in the process of installing key infrastructure, like water and sewer lines, utilities, and a road.
Source: From red-hot steel to red-hot tech: reinventing an old industrial site — NewsWorks
The hangar that used to house the Spruce Goose (Photo by Mike Hume via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
The hangar is massive, with an area of 319,000-square-feet. It had to be huge because The Spruce Goose had eight propeller engines and a wingspan longer than a football field, according to The History Channel. Google is expected to use the hangar as an expansion of its L.A. offices. There is no word about a move-in date, or what the company will do with the adjacent land it purchased in 2014.
Source: Google Is Moving Into The Spruce Goose’s Massive Hangar: LAist
The most dense and vibrant neighborhoods in Chicago tend to have a great stock of historic buildings. Many of these are heavy-timber construction and are literally irreplaceable. Large, monolithic office buildings are cool, but it’s best when they are balanced-out by smaller, historic buildings that feel more accessible — it helps creates an attractive contrast. This mix is an important urban planning principle, and a major factor when we seek out up and coming neighborhoods. In terms of large-scale adaptive reuse opportunities, there is a limited supply and a lot of demand in the developer submarkets, so the footprint will continue to expand. We believe Goose Island buildings are some of the most unique and best located remaining opportunities for adaptive reuse in Chicago.
Source: Remaking Goose Island, One of Chicago’s Great Industrial Hubs – Curbed Chicago
Schumer said this project is widely supported by the community because it would preserve significant and distinctive history, while complementing the surrounding neighborhoods. Without these tax credits, the adaptive reuse costs could be prohibitive. Schumer therefore urged NPS to expedite the developer’s application to list the “Nipper Building” on the National Register of Historic Places so that the beloved statue can be preserved for future generations. …
Source: Making Nipper a landmark — officially | All Over Albany
The Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct, winner of the conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered place at the 2016 WA Heritage Awards. Picture: Supplied
Past and present owners of the Brookman and Moir Street inner-city pocket took out a top accolade for the conservation of their 1890 workers cottages. In 2006, the 58 properties were added to the heritage register. Since then 25 of the owners have worked tirelessly to rejuvenate the homes interior and streetscape.
Source: Winners of the WA Heritage Awards announced
Masterminded by Amsterdam-based architecture studio Bureau Fraai, the 195-square-meter (about 2,098 square feet) project encompasses a 42 square-meter (that’s 452-square-foot) gabled annex meant to provide greater connection between the original structure and the new.
Source: Revamped 1950s Farmhouse Includes Sleek, Black-Metal Extension – Curbed
Postino is known for bruschetta and red wine. JIM POULIN/PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL
Business Insider gave a nod to Upward Projects’ well-known habit of adaptive reuse, describing how Postino was “built within a 1950s-era post office” and its “premiere wines and impeccable food made with local ingredients.”
Source: Business Insider: This restaurant is Arizona’s “top-rated bar” – Phoenix Business Journal
The buildings — the barn, stables, and dairy — on Staple Farm in Kent, England were in disrepair. The firm worked to salvage what they could and turn the barn into a home away from home for the couple. Though they wanted to maintain the “barn’s brooding presence,” according to the architects, they added modern amenities like a ground-source heat pump, LED lamps, and security systems. The lights, HVAC system, and security systems are all Internet-connected, so the owners can monitor their barn when they travel. There’s also a fireplace built into the spiral staircase, that leads up to the mezzanine sleeping area.
Source: The Ancient Party Barn Went from 18th Century to Smart | Digital Trends
Known simply as The Old Courthouse, the designated historic building was recently revamped by London interior design firm Sigmar and features a dramatic 35-foot vaulted ceiling in the main living area with an open kitchen (original courthouse box stand included) and an updated mezzanine bedroom.
Source: Exquisite Converted Courthouse in London Asks $3.5M – Curbed
(Photo: Davidson County Assessor of Property)
Both listed properties are within the path of development and adaptive reuse of old warehouses near downtown Nashville.
Gibson Gibson is seeking $6 million for this property in the Gulch with a warehouse building on it.
Source: Gibson looks to shed Nashville properties
An effort is underway to preserve the former Havre de Grace Colored High School building on Alliance Street, which has been put up for sale. (Bobby Parker for The Record / Baltimore Sun)
The school building offers a total of 6,400 square feet and is available for “eco-tourism, education in the arts and cultural preservation,” the Hosanna School Museum said in an announcement. “There is an urgent need for people interested in preserving history to support the adaptive reuse of the building for economically viable activities.”
Preserving the building “was a huge goal because African-Americans only went up to the eighth grade, so it’s a big accomplishment that they went up to the 11th grade” at the Colored High School, she said.
Source: Effort underway to preserve Havre de Grace Colored High School site – Baltimore Sun
Aegis is buying and expanding at the former Parsons Paper site in Holyoke. (Dave Roback / The Republican)
Established in 1853, Parsons Paper Co. was the first paper company in a city that came to be called the Paper City. A 2008 fire caused extensive damage to the complex, which officials said had been vacant for two or three years. The Parsons property is 4.7 acres between the first- and second-level canals. Adjacent to South Holyoke, the site is one of the 10 key areas designated for redevelopment in the city’s 2012 urban renewal plan, “Connect. Construct. Create. A plan for the revitalization of Center City Holyoke.”
Source: Holyoke Parsons Paper site getting multi-million-dollar revamp by Aegis Energy Services, 30 new jobs | masslive.com
Langfelder’s nearly year-old administration is in the early stages of drafting an “adaptive reuse” ordinance that may result in code modifications to remove some of the impediments developers encounter when they try to breathe new life into old buildings.
Source: City of Springfield seeks ways to make building-rehab projects easier – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL
And in order to bring some light to the lower level, they installed two panels of Plexiglas in the floor. The former printing factory is now a bright, unique, art-filled home for this family of five.
Source: Before & After: A Printing Factory Turning into a Home | Apartment Therapy
Located on Jamaica Avenue, the climate-controlled greenhouse is on the roof of a four-story manufacturing building that formerly housed the Ideal Toy Company. Slated to produce over 5 million heads of pesticide-free leafy greens each year for the New York market, the urban farm was installed with advanced automated greenhouse technologies using various efficient and renewable energy components.
Source: Gotham Greens opens massive rooftop greenhouse in Hollis, Queens | Inhabitat New York City
After all, she set boundaries and only allowed herself to furnish it with items found on Craigslist, Habitat ReStore, or her existing furniture collection — but the end results are a sophisticated, vintage masterpiece.
Source: Shed Turned Cottage Makeover – Adorable Cottage Renovation