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What to Know Before Tackling a Renovation Project

06:30 - 9 May, 2019
What to Know Before Tackling a Renovation Project, Battersea Arts Centre by Haworth Tompkins. Image © Fred Howarth
Battersea Arts Centre by Haworth Tompkins. Image © Fred Howarth

As technology moves forward, so does architecture and construction. Architects, designers, and planners around the world now have infinite tools and resources to design and build the cities of today and the future.  As promising as this may sound, new construction is also consuming our world’s limited resources faster than we can replenish them.

This situation leaves architects with an important responsibility: the rehabilitation and reuse of the existing built environment. This means using creative thinking and design to save and incorporate old or historic buildings that currently exist, in the present and future of our cities, by adapting them through creative and sensitive treatments.

ArchDaily Topics - May: Use & Reuse

12:00 - 8 May, 2019
ArchDaily Topics - May: Use & Reuse, Courtesy of ArchDaily
Courtesy of ArchDaily

“The greenest building is the one that is already built." (Carl Elefante, FAIA)

The world’s urban population will double by 2050, and cities need to come up with sustainable ways to accommodate this mass movement. We often see projects being built as quickly as possible to support growth, however, rapid growth often leads to cities and buildings that lack originality.

A smarter and more sustainable solution is to increase the density of existing centers, as well as to recover existing structures through refurbishment and repurposing. But, turning something old into something new is a challenging process — it requires a bold vision and a rigorous commitment to design.

A Complementary Architectural Dialogue of Past and Present in the Refurbishment of Hotel Fouquet Barrière

07:00 - 26 April, 2019
A Complementary Architectural Dialogue of Past and Present in the Refurbishment of Hotel Fouquet Barrière, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Although ancient buildings carry compelling architectural presence, demolition or radical change is often their fate. While some architects prefer to introduce thoroughly new structures, others choose to honor the works of historic architects, who built the basis and foundations of structures that helped shape up cities today.

For the refurbishment of ParisHotel Fouquet Barrière, located one block facing Avenue des Champs Elysées, Edouard François was selected to renovate the entire property, including offices, spa services, façade, and courtyards. François’ design strategy was rather unambiguous, using only two keywords as reference: “COPY-EDIT”; a reinterpretation of the “old” through contemporary technologies and modified material.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 18

Tree House / 6a Architects

17:00 - 14 April, 2019
Tree House  / 6a Architects, © Johan Dehlin
© Johan Dehlin

© Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Stephanie Macdonald, Tom Emerson, John Ross, Alice Colverd, Cécile David
  • Area

    57.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB

16:39 - 6 April, 2019
Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 6

Cubo House / Phooey Architects

17:00 - 24 March, 2019
Cubo House / Phooey Architects, © Peter Bennetts Photographer
© Peter Bennetts Photographer

© Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer + 45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Emma Young, Peter Ho , Adam Gordon, Jessie Cook, Rob Chittleborough, Helen Duong, Anne-Claire Deville & Lucinda Arundel.
  • Area

    410.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?

07:00 - 20 March, 2019
Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?, © Qingshan Wu
© Qingshan Wu

Although the ability to install home automation in a practical way is associated with new projects, it is possible to adapt previously built buildings in a relatively simple way. In both small and large renovations projects these systems can deliver automated features that responds to the requirements and needs of its users. They can also improve the habitability and comfort of its spaces, increase their security and promote long-term energy and money savings. So, what considerations must be taken into account in order to transform an regular architecture project into an "intelligent" one?

© Eric Laignel © Zooey Brown © Adrià Goula Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA / Simone Micheli, remodeled by AVE. Image © Juergen Eheim + 14

Copper Cladding: A Glittering Room With Baroque Twists

12:00 - 10 March, 2019
Copper Cladding: A Glittering Room With Baroque Twists, Courtesy of Peter Ebner
Courtesy of Peter Ebner

This renovation project by Peter Ebner and friends ZT GmbH is about the history of a place and changing tastes and times. It is about not needing a large scale to radically improve the space around. It is about the beauty and character of the city with its reflected sparkling life, gloomy evening sky, raindrops and lights of passing cars. It is about people who are mostly in a hurry, but who still sometimes stop for a few seconds to take note of a special, glittering room.

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott + 21

Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley

10:30 - 7 March, 2019
Arata Isozaki's Palladium Nighclub Through the Lens of Timothy Hursley, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

In May 1985, an old theater and concert hall opened its doors to the public for the opening of a brand new nightclub in New York City. Located on 126 East 14th Street, the project was commissioned by entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, owners of the also famous club Studio 54, and was conceived as a vibrant and luminous independent structure arranged inside a rather classic shell, which appears as a beautiful backdrop behind the clean geometry of Isozaki.

As The New York Times pointed out in its May 20, 1985 edition: 'Arata Isozaki is at once a great eminence of Japanese architecture and a source of some of its freshest thinking. And all sides of Mr. Isozaki are visible in the Palladium'.

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 14

Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque is an Architectural Echo Both in Form and in Concept

07:45 - 26 February, 2019
Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque is an Architectural Echo Both in Form and in Concept, FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As industry has shifted over the past century, in format, location, and type, the manufacturing and industrial spaces scattered across the western world have been repurposed. You have no doubt seen these structures, though perhaps without realizing. The large windows, high ceilings, and open floor plans optimized for factory work now mark the territory of the “creative class”. Such spaces have been disproportionately appropriated by creative industries such as arts and architecture; think of Herzog + de Meuron’s renovation of the Tate Modern (from a former power station) or the recent collaborative transformation of a locomotive yard into a library in the Netherlands.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London

11:00 - 18 February, 2019
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London, Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T
Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have gained planning permission for the proposed extension and full refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall in London. A joint venture with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and commercial partners a2Dominion, the scheme seeks to promote “the creation of a new high quality civic mixed-use development” derived from the historic structure.

Through the demolition of a 1970s extension, the scheme will create a new public square that enhances the setting of the existing protected Town Hall, reinstating its presence on Kings Street. The main alternations seek to enhance the existing building through a glass box rooftop extension containing council office space.

Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the north facade of the Town Hall extension. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T © 7-T + 6

The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019

08:30 - 4 February, 2019
The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019, © Alberto Cosi. ImageBamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction
© Alberto Cosi. ImageBamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction

It is, once again, the time of year where we look towards the future to define the goals and approaches that we will take for our careers throughout the upcoming year. To help the millions of architects who visit ArchDaily every day from all over the world, we compiled a list of the most popular ideas of 2018, which will continue to be developed and consolidated throughout 2019.

Over 130 million users discovered new references, materials, and tools in 2018 alone, infusing their practice of architecture with the means to improve the quality of life for our cities and built spaces. As users demonstrated certain affinities and/or demonstrated greater interest in particular topics, these emerged as trends. 

The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year

12:00 - 27 January, 2019
The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year, Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki

For those in the northern hemisphere, the last full week in January last week kicks off with Blue Monday - the day claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Weather is bleak, sunsets are early, resolutions are broken, and there’s only the vaguest glimpse of a holiday on the horizon. It’s perhaps this miserable context that is making the field seem extra productive, with a spate of new projects, toppings out and, completions announced this week.

The week of 21 January 2019 in review, after the break: 

LocHal / Mecanoo. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode © TMRW, courtesy of Gensler ©Jaime Navarro The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year + 11

Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China

22:00 - 29 June, 2018
Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China, © Paolo Roselli
© Paolo Roselli

© Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jing’an District, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Architect

    Pietro Chiodi
  • Design Coordinator

    Yifan Xu
  • Design Team

    Yitao Huang, Zhiyang Huang, Wenhai Zhu
  • Client

    Green Capital Group
  • Area

    4062.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab

00:00 - 27 June, 2018
Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab, view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen
view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen

side view of office space at ground level. Image © Hao Chen exhibition space. Image © Yi-Chi Wang view from exhibition space to office through courtyard. Image © Hao Chen front view from hutong. Image © Hao Chen + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Sanjing Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Chen Liu, Yi-Chi Wang, Dan Zhao, Ping-Chen Yeh
  • Area

    255.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture

20:00 - 26 June, 2018
The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture, Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong
Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong

The Edge and Partial of Umbrella. Image © Lin Cong Multiple Function Room Entrance. Image © Lin Cong Central Stage. Image © Lin Cong Entrance. Image © Lin Cong + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingshui Village, Zhenzhou town, Yizheng, Jiangsu, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tao Tang, Suning Zhou, Ziye Wu, Zhuju Wei, Bin Peng
  • Construction Team

    Yizheng Guanshuiling Construction Service Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    6800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid

12:00 - 20 June, 2018
Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building in Madrid. Located at a historically significant site in Madrid, the scheme will see the transformation and revitalization of the existing structure to “create a new iconic landmark.”

Located at the junction of Madrid’s main north-south and east-west arteries, the building occupies one of the most important intersections in Madrid and forms a key part of the city’s long-term urban vision. The building also faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public spaces in Madrid, while linking three distinct districts containing luxury shopping, finance, art, and historic tradition.

Why Heatherwick Studio's Zeitz MOCAA Is "A Call to Arms" For African Museums

09:30 - 20 June, 2018
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa—or Zeitz MOCAA for short—recently received first place in ArchDaily's Refurbishment in Architecture awards, with its striking design transforming a formerly derelict industrial building into an iconic landmark in South Africa’s oldest working harbor. Developed by the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the mixed-use project is now “the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.” To celebrate the award, we sat down with group leader Matthew Cash to discuss the challenges faced during the project, its cultural importance to Africa, and the practice’s interest in refurbishment as a whole.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 11