On Recycled Architecture: Twelve proposals to promote adaptive reuse of commercial and historic structures from around the world

When reflecting on recycling, sustainability, measures to take, and innovative technological solutions, one cannot help but think that there are also familiar approaches that should be taken into consideration.

In fact, when examining the impact of the built environment on the climate, one notes that in many countries, 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 have already been built.

The most effective form of sustainability may, therefore, be saving energy by eliminating or minimizing new constructions, and by avoiding the demolition of existing structures.

That is what adaptive reuse stands for: instilling a new purpose on an existing “leftover building.” Nowadays, the refashioning process is becoming essential because of numerous issues related to the climate emergency, plot and construction costs, a saturation of land, and a change in living trends.

Scroll below to discover key projects from architects that transform existing constructions and introduce new programming to respond more efficiently to modern needs, and environmental responsibility.

While varying in construction status—some were built, some are under construction and others remain in a conceptual phase—each of these schemes highlights a special type of conversion, showcasing diverse outcomes from an adaptive reuse approach.

Image courtesy of SOM.

See all 12 projects in ArchDaily article by Christele Harrouk.

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