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Renovation: The Latest Architecture and News

Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall

11:00 - 7 August, 2019
Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall, Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects
Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects

The Mies van der Rohe residential building, the Bailey Hall built in 1955, at Illinois Institute of Technology will be subject to renovation works by Dirk Denison Architects. The Chicago-based firm will modernize the mechanical, structural, and interior works, modifying its original function, and introducing a new configuration to host up to 330 first- and second-year students, while the exterior will remain faithful to the original design and the ground floor lobby will still hold on to the Mies’ iconic recessed glass lobby.

Jingshan School Library Renovation / Hui-Yin Design & Research

19:00 - 4 August, 2019
Jingshan School Library Renovation / Hui-Yin Design & Research, Sinked open reading area. Image © Weiqi Jin
Sinked open reading area. Image © Weiqi Jin

Main Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin Sinked open reading area. Image © Weiqi Jin Open reading area north view. Image © Weiqi Jin View form mainentrance. Image © Weiqi Jin + 35

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    No.53, Dengshikou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Hui Zhao
  • Design Team

    Hui Zhao, Xiang Jun, Xiangjun Wang, Xuesi Li
  • Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Olson Kundig's Innovative Office Renovation and Expansion

10:00 - 13 July, 2019
Olson Kundig's Innovative Office Renovation and Expansion, Olson Kundig's Pioneer Building office blends historical detailing with modern accents. Image © Andrew Pogue via Metropolis Magazine
Olson Kundig's Pioneer Building office blends historical detailing with modern accents. Image © Andrew Pogue via Metropolis Magazine

Olson Kundig is one of the quintessential Seattle-based architectural practices, with a focus on creativity, experimentation, and craftsmanship that has allowed them to expand on a global scale over the past few decades. This expansion has necessitated office improvements and renovations throughout the years, the most recent of which occurred in 2018. As explored in a recent article by Metropolis Magazine, this 2018 expansion reflected key values of collaboration and flexibility, expressed through the firm's unique visual and kinetic language.

Queen Photo Studio Refurbishment / NTYPE

20:00 - 26 June, 2019
Queen Photo Studio Refurbishment / NTYPE, © Lei Zheng
© Lei Zheng

© Lei Zheng © Lei Zheng © Lei Zheng © Lei Zheng + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    6F Kejia Building, Main Kejia Alley, Chunxi Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Joao Lemos, Yang Yang
  • Site Team

    Sheyu Mao, Nini Zhou
  • Area

    2600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Architecture Building of Inner Mongolia University of Technology / Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co

20:00 - 14 June, 2019
Architecture Building of Inner Mongolia University of Technology / Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co, Courtesy of Courtesy of Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd.
Courtesy of Courtesy of Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd.

Courtesy of Courtesy of Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd. Courtesy of Courtesy of Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd. © Haocheng Li © Haocheng Li + 42

  • Architect

    InnerMongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd.
  • Location

    Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

  • Design Team

    范桂芳、薛剑、苍雁飞、郭彦
  • Client

    Inner Mongolia University of Technology
  • Area

    5200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographer

    Courtesy of Courtesy of Inner Mongolia Grand Architectural Design Co.Ltd., Haocheng Li

Architect Transforms a Copenhagen Railway Depot into a Colorful Playground

07:00 - 6 June, 2019
Architect Transforms a Copenhagen Railway Depot into a Colorful Playground, © Illya Rastvorov
© Illya Rastvorov

The 2019 CANactions International Architecture Festival focused on an exploration of a notion of "Hromada" — Ukrainian name for the 'community', which is embedded into the country's historic and cultural codes and reflected in contemporary social movements and architectural forms.

Architect Illya Rastvorov is one of the winners of this year’s CANactions Youth Competition presented in Kyiv, Ukraine. For his proposal, the architect transformed the railroad depot of the Copenhagen Railway Station in Denmark into the “Copenhagen Playground”, a recreational area that caters to people of all ages and enhances the social conditions of the city.

© Illya Rastvorov © Illya Rastvorov © Illya Rastvorov © Illya Rastvorov + 7

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.

International Competition Open Call: Reviving NPAK

12:24 - 9 April, 2019
International Competition Open Call: Reviving NPAK

By the initiative of the Boghossian Foundation urbanlab (http://www.urbanlab.am) announces an open international architectural competition “Reviving NPAK” (http://npak.urbanlab.am) for all interested individuals and teams.

The purpose of the present architectural competition is to find the best design solutions for the existing building of NPAK located at 1/3 Buzand Street of Yerevan (Armenia), which needs to reflect the aspects of the competition package through contemporary architectural language that is conscious of social and environmental responsibility, the importance for radical technical experimentation and the need to sustain a dialogue with the Centre’s legacy and its traditions.

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

Kantoor IMd / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

03:00 - 25 March, 2019
Kantoor IMd / Ector Hoogstad Architecten, © Petra Appelhof
© Petra Appelhof

© Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof + 14

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

10SPACE, The Future Hall / SpaceStation

19:00 - 31 January, 2019
10SPACE, The Future Hall / SpaceStation, © Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin

© Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    #56, Dongzhimenwaixiejie Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Zheng Wang
  • Design Team

    Chen Feng, Ling Li, Fangchao Wang, Shuang Ding
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

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 of Auditorium in North Campus, Central Academy of Fine Arts / Yu Yang · CAFA

18:00 - 30 September, 2018
Renovation of Auditorium in North Campus, Central Academy of Fine Arts / Yu Yang · CAFA, © Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin

© Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    CAFA, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Yu Yang · CAFA
  • Interior Designer

    Yu Yang · CAFA
  • Landscape Designer

    Xiaolei Hou · CAFA
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Shougang Ertong Warehouse Renovation / China Architecture Design & Research Group

19:00 - 25 September, 2018
The Shougang Ertong Warehouse Renovation / China Architecture Design & Research Group, Chinese restaurant entrance. Image © Guangyuan Zhang
Chinese restaurant entrance. Image © Guangyuan Zhang

Chinese restaurant courtyard. Image © Guangyuan Zhang Chinese restaurant partial. Image © Guangyuan Zhang Western restaurant partial. Image © Guangyuan Zhang Cellar. Image © Guangyuan Zhang + 25

Office Space Renovation of Shanghai YuTu Technology / Mix Architecture

20:00 - 13 September, 2018
Space "Cross" Mezzanine. Image © Bowen Hou
Space "Cross" Mezzanine. Image © Bowen Hou

Elevator hall and entrance hall. Image © Bowen Hou Lobby and Corridor. Image © Bowen Hou Staircase. Image © Bowen Hou Facade Panorama After Renovation. Image © Bowen Hou + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gao Guang Lu, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Suning Zhou, Ziye Wu, tao Tang, Junpeng Mao
  • Construction team

    Nantong Jielida construction services co., LTD.
  • Manuscript writer

    Suning Zhou
  • Area

    1700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs