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photographer: © Roger Frei

DM2N, the project-developement arm of Zurich-based architects EM2N, have completed the conversion of a 1961 supermarket into five ‘hall houses’, which retain the volume of the original structure. (more…)

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Kivi 2 by AAArchitects (NL)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.05.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

Kivi 2 by AAArchitects; photo by ©Rob ‘t Hart Fotografie

Following the renovation of the auditorium at the Royal Institution of Engineers in The Hague, the Rotterdam-based practice AAArchitects has realised this lustrous glass foyer which opens onto the adjacent garden of the institute. (more…)

Pump station by Wenk und Wiese Architekten, photo by Udo Meinel, Berlin

The Berlin based Wenk und Wiese Architekten realised the conversion of an old pump station of the early 20th century into an atelier, dwelling and gallery space for a German couple. The existing structure is characterised by some artful architectural details such as the clinker facade with its rhythmical divisions and the vertical windows.


Conversion of a private home in Selb, Germany by Osterwold & Schmidt

In order to modernise the family compound for the next generation the German architectural practice Osterwold & Schmidt realised this comprehensive conversion and extension of an existing single family home in the small city of Selb, Germany.


Family house in Pavilniai Regional Park by Architektu Biuras G.Natkevičius ir partneriai, photo by R. Urbakavičius

The Lithuanian architectural practice around Gintautas Natkevičius realised this luxurious single family home on a site near Vilnius where in the Middle Age a cannon foundry, was based. The architects preserved the architectural remains, an old yellow brick lodge with a basement, by wrapping it with an outer glass construction.


Derelict or abandoned buildings often have a great deal to offer in terms of location and character and should be viewed as opportunities rather than eyesores; Dovecote Studio, post-renovation, photo: Haworth Tompkins

‘Waste not, want not’ is an expression that has become increasingly pertinent in recent years as economic conditions have forced many of us to tighten our belts and make the most of what we have, rather than constantly replacing old with new. This attitude of thrift extends to architecture in the form of adaptive reuse – the conversion of an old building into something better suited to contemporary requirements. Here, we examine some recently completed, ongoing and future projects that show how imagination and intelligent design can deliver striking transformative effects.


The Waterhouse in Shanghai by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, photo by Derryck Menere

This successful conversion of a 1930s Japanese Army headquarter into a 19-room boutique hotel, located at the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, was realised by the locally based Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. The architectural concept behind NHDRO’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new.


'Casa no Gerês' by Correia / Ragazzi Arquitectos, photo by Luis Ferreira Alves

This weekend retreat located on a 4060 m2 riverine plot in a protected natural area in the north of Portugal is the reconstruction of an existing ruin. The Porto based Correia / Ragazzi Arquitectos converted the inevitably small space specified by the reduced dimension of the pre-existent concrete ruin, into a comparatively broad house for a couple and their child.


For technical support contact Alfred Giolai ‘Casa no Gerês’ by Correia / Ragazzi Arquitectos (PT)