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Renovation: The Latest Architecture and News

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

Japan's Bet on Adaptive Reuse to Alleviate an Emerging Housing Crisis

07:30 - 13 December, 2018
Japan's Bet on Adaptive Reuse to Alleviate an Emerging Housing Crisis, via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen
via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen

Half a century after the new suburban tract home was the dream of many a young American family, refurbished properties are gaining in popularity. This trend extends beyond North America, with exciting renovations of existing structures popping up all over the world, from Belgium to Kenya to China. The attraction to this typology likely lies in its multiplicity; renovations are both new and old, historic and forward-looking, generative and sustainable. 

Nowhere is this trend more visible and popular than in housing, where the transformation is often led by the owners themselves. Loosely grouped under terms like “fixer-upper” and “adaptive reuse,” these projects begin with just the structural skeletons and the building’s history. At the personal scale, renovation/refurbishment is an opportunity to bring a part of yourself to your home - but do these small projects together have the potential to turn around a housing crisis?

MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland

09:00 - 3 October, 2018
MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has released details of their proposed renovation of a 19th-century listed building on Slodowa Island in Wroclaw, Poland. The “Concordia Hub” will see the retention of the existing façade, with the addition of a contemporary rear extension to “create a focal point” for the general public and visitors.

The site’s former use as a German artillery base in 1945 means almost all of the island’s structures were destroyed in the closing months of World War II. The Concordia Hub scheme seeks to preserve one of the only surviving heritage structures on the island, while transitioning the building into the modern age.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 4

Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing

19:00 - 22 August, 2018
Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing, © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song
© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song

© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Daisuke Matsumoto + 13

Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC Transform 19th Century London Exhibition Hall into Creative Hub

12:00 - 4 July, 2018
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio / SPPARC
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio / SPPARC

New images have been released of the $925million (£700million) redevelopment of west London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre, designed by Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC Architecture. The project will see an extensive renovation of the existing exhibition halls, and the addition of creative offices, studios, and co-working space.

The 130-year-old center will be transformed into a creative hub with 2.5 acres of public space, intended to “support ambitious enhancement to focus on creative industries, entrepreneurship, and new green space for community and visitors.”

Voids and Canopies Feature in Stefano Boeri Architetti's Renovated Transport Hub in Southern Italy

14:00 - 29 May, 2018
Voids and Canopies Feature in Stefano Boeri Architetti's Renovated Transport Hub in Southern Italy, Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has released images of their proposed renovation of Matera Central Station in Southern Italy. Matera Central FAL railway station will be structurally altered through an “aesthetic and functional redevelopment together with technological upgrading of the railway itself.”

The proposal seeks to alter the existing hierarchy of space in the city by making the transport hub a genuine and significant urban landmark, rather than simply an infrastructural node. The scheme is therefore designed to incorporate a recognizable, pedestrianized public square, forming connections with the nearby historic city center.

Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 9

AL_A Selected for $55Million Renovation and Extension of Scotland's Paisley Museum

14:00 - 21 May, 2018
AL_A Selected for $55Million Renovation and Extension of Scotland's Paisley Museum, Exterior of the Paisley Museum. Image Courtesy of Paisley Museum
Exterior of the Paisley Museum. Image Courtesy of Paisley Museum

London-based AL_A has been appointed for their first Scottish commission: the $55million (£42million) transformation of the Paisley Museum. The brief calls for the revitalization of the home of Paisley’s textile heritage, natural history and art and science collections.

The museum’s transformation is a flagship project for a $135million (£100million) investment in cultural venues by the council governing the city of Paisley, in preparation for a UK City of Culture 2021 bid legacy.

Shimen Bridge / DnA

00:00 - 25 April, 2018
Shimen Bridge / DnA, © Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Dan Han © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 12

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Tiantian Xu
  • Client

    Songyang Public Road Administration
  • Area

    460.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Sketch Design Competition: The Renovation Of The Historic Building Of The Riga Circus And Development Vision For The Territory

09:30 - 3 April, 2018
Sketch Design Competition: The Renovation Of The Historic Building Of The Riga Circus And Development Vision For The Territory

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION – to obtain a high-quality architectural solution, a functionally well-developed and economically justified Sketch Design that meets the requirements set out in the Brief and the Designing Programme for The renovation of the historic building of the Riga Circus and development vision for the territory.

THE COMPETITION SITE AND OBJECT – the project area of the sketch design competition is located in Riga, at Merķeļa iela 4, and it includes the territory between Merķeļa and Alfrēda Kalniņa Streets (cadastral No. 0100 005 0014) in the area of 3807 m². The study area of the sketch design

Hotel Transformation of Saarinen's TWA Terminal Tops Out

12:00 - 17 December, 2017
Hotel Transformation of Saarinen's TWA Terminal Tops Out, TWA Hotel flag and American Flag raised to the top of the north hotel structure. Image © Max Touhey
TWA Hotel flag and American Flag raised to the top of the north hotel structure. Image © Max Touhey

Construction on the transformation of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center into the new TWA Hotel has hit major milestone, as the project has now topped out.

Future TWA Hotel Grand Ballroom. Image © Max Touhey Workers and partners fill the Saarinen terminal building at the topping out event. Image © Max Touhey MCR CEO Tyler Morse and Turner Construction's Rick Faustini and Gary McAssey standing next to the north hotel tower crane with ceremonial flags. Image © Max Touhey Workers pour concrete on top floor of north hotel structure. Image © Max Touhey + 11

WeWork to Become Primary Tenant of James Stirling's No 1 Poultry After Renovations

12:00 - 21 November, 2017
WeWork to Become Primary Tenant of James Stirling's No 1 Poultry After Renovations, © Flickr user merula. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user merula. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

After being saved from a major renovation that would have eliminated its iconic Postmodern facade, James Stirling’s No 1 Poultry building is now receiving a gentler retrofit that will upgrade its spaces to house 110,000-square-feet of contemporary office space.

Fitting right in with the update, coworking giant WeWork has now been announced as the building’s first tenant, and the company has revealed some details of how the building will work for its users.

© Flickr user merula. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Courtesy of WeWork. via The Spaces Courtesy of WeWork. via The Spaces © Flickr user Robert Moore. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 + 4

Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce

17:15 - 19 October, 2017
Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/37873897@N06/5035043739'>Flickr user Flavio~</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Flavio~ licensed under CC BY 2.0

A Spanish tourist has been killed by a piece of falling masonry in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. As reported by The Guardian, the 52-year old victim was hit by "a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66 ft) as he visited the religious building with his wife." Reports suggest that the fragment was around 15cm by 15cm (6 by 6 inches) in size; according to Yahoo, the fragment "had supported a beam in the right transept of the Basilica."

Following the incident, the attraction has been closed to visitors indefinitely.

OMA and FABRICations Win Competition to Transform Former Prison Complex in Amsterdam

16:00 - 12 September, 2017
OMA and FABRICations Win Competition to Transform Former Prison Complex in Amsterdam, Image by Robota, Courtesy OMA
Image by Robota, Courtesy OMA

The team of OMA and FABRICations in collaboration with LOLA landscape architects has been selected as the winners of a competition to transform a former prison complex in Amsterdam into a 135,000-square-meter mixed-use development. Located in southeastern Amsterdam, Bijlmerbajes has been seen as a distant landmark for the city since its construction in the 1970s. But with recent expansions, the once peripheral site has moved to the center of new urban development, making the property prime location for redevelopment.

Image by Robota, Courtesy OMA Image by Robota, Courtesy OMA Image by Robota, Courtesy OMA Courtesy of rijksvastgoedbedrijf + 13

Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York

14:00 - 26 March, 2017
Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York, © Morris Adjmi Architects
© Morris Adjmi Architects

Elijah Equities, LLC has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of The Warehouse in New York City, a property currently occupied by car parking and art galleries, which will be transformed into 100,000 square feet of rentable office and retail space designed by Morris Adjmi.

Situated next to the High Line, the building currently at the site is a four-story, 65,000-square-foot former apparel-manufacturing warehouse. The redevelopment will add a three-story, steel-framed, cantilevered addition, resulting in a seven-story building with over 18,000 square feet of rooftop and outdoor amenity space.

© Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects + 9

Willis Tower To Receive $20 Million of New SkyDeck Attractions

14:15 - 24 March, 2017
Willis Tower To Receive $20 Million of New SkyDeck Attractions, Courtesy of Morningstar. Via Crain's
Courtesy of Morningstar. Via Crain's

Adrenaline junkies rejoice: the Willis Tower has announced plans for $20 million dollars of improvements to their popular glass-bottom SkyDeck observation attractions. Among the additions will be a series of new all-glass protrusions from the building, as well as a chance to rappel down a glass shaft suspended from the building’s 103rd floor.

Apeldoorn's Renowned Museum Paleis Het Loo to Be Expanded by KAAN Architecten

12:00 - 11 March, 2017
© KAAN Architecten
© KAAN Architecten

KAAN Architecten has been commissioned for the renovation and expansion of one of the Netherlands’ most renowned museums, the Paleis Het Loo. Responding to evolving purposes, the project scope involves the restoration and development of over 5,000 square meters of new space, including the House of Orange, the Junior Palace, and a temporary exhibition hall.

“The design, inspired by the layout and proportions of the Corps de Logis of Paleis Het Loo, incorporates all required facilities and spaces while expressing a grandeur fitting for one of the Netherlands’ most popular and visited museums,” announced the firm.

© KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten + 13

Willis Tower to Receive $500 Million Renovation

16:20 - 7 February, 2017
Willis Tower to Receive $500 Million Renovation, Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office
Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office

One of the United States’ most recognizable skyscrapers, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), is set to receive a $500 million renovation designed by the Chicago office of Gensler. Announced by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel with real estate holders Blackstone and Equity Office, the project will transform and reinvigorate the 43-year-old building, which held the title of world’s tallest building for nearly a quarter century.

Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office Courtesy of Blackstone and Equity Office + 14

This Brooklyn Theater Renovation Shows You Don't Have to Choose Between Heritage and Sustainability

09:30 - 23 July, 2016
This Brooklyn Theater Renovation Shows You Don't Have to Choose Between Heritage and Sustainability, The exterior view of St. Ann’s Warehouse theater. Image Courtesy of Charcoalblue
The exterior view of St. Ann’s Warehouse theater. Image Courtesy of Charcoalblue

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings: Why a Theater Company Chose Resurrection (Not Demolition)."

For a ruined Civil War-era warehouse in Brooklyn, there may have been no better organization than an avant-garde theater group to think creatively about its future.

Situated in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in the popular Dumbo neighborhood, the 1860 tobacco warehouse was crumbling and forgotten when St. Ann’s, a 36-year-old theater company that began life in another Brooklyn church, sought to renovate it for its first permanent home. Attaining energy efficiency in historic buildings is not just possible—it can be the most sustainable and aesthetic choice.

St. Ann’s, led by artistic director Susan Feldman, hired a building team that included Marvel Architects; BuroHappold Engineering; and Charcoalblue, a theater, lighting, and acoustics consultancy. The resulting 25,000-square-foot complex, St. Ann’s Warehouse, includes two versatile and changeable performance spaces, lobby and event areas, and a triangular garden (designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates).