Adaptive Reuse

  • The firm used salvaged materials and reused as much of the elements in the building as possible. BELL tightened the envelope, restored the millwork and the original windows, and exposed the beams, among other moves.

    Inside the Office of BELL Architects

    Washington, D.C., firm known for preservation and adaptive reuse transforms an 1880s-era row house into its new office space.

     
  • the chameleon

    The context of its setting—an 18th-century barn renovated as a residence—makes this modern master bath look more modern still.

     
  • parker flats at gage school, washington, d.c.

    Bonstra | Haresign Architects converted an abandoned public school building into 92 loft-style condos with two levels of underground parking.

     
  • encore, encore: pool cues

    Silvio Gueilburt specializes in hospital design in Argentina, but when he was given the opportunity to transform a defunct factory into a home for a professional couple, the commission was too good to pass up.

     
  • designbuild collaborative

    When three architectural firms needed new offices for their respective practices, they joined forces to find an old building in an urban setting.

     
  • shell game

    The transformation of this 1905 New Haven, Conn., fire station into a live, work, and play space was all about shells.

     
  • super save

    Three neglected buildings are rediscovered, repaired, and reused as residential.

     
  • guiding light

    The problem of bringing natural light into spaces that lack it has vexed architects for centuries. Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai came up with a smart, modern alternative when designing the conversion of this New York City loft from a commercial warehouse space to a residential one.

     
  • the assembly building at clipper mill, baltimore

    So many urban loft conversions all but obliterate the building's sense of history. This one celebrates it as a ruin, rough edges and all.

     
  • substance

    The first time Paul Mankins, FAIA, LEED AP, saw his firm's future office space, he couldn't believe his luck. The former 1920s car dealership in Des Moines, Iowa, had 15-foot ceilings, beautifully preserved wood trusses, exposed brick walls, and views in three directions.

     
 
 
 
 
 
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