Ares Partners converts former granary into hotel in rural China

Chinese architecture office Ares Partners has completed a hotel nestled among the mountains of Ninghai County, China, in a collection of refurbished stone warehouses. The studio headed by architect Helen Wang designed the Huchen Barn Resort for the site of a former granary in the Huchen township, which lies between Tiantai Mountain and Siming Mountain

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Aurora Aquitectos turns Portuguese family home into brightly-hued hostel

Portuguese practice Aurora Aquitectos has transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations. The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and

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Adamo-Faiden creates rural home Macchi House inside converted livestock buildings

A pair of buildings once used to house bulls in rural Argentina have been transformed into a countryside home by architecture studio Adamo-Faiden. Located in Lobos, 60 miles south of Buenos Aires, the old agricultural structures were abandoned after advances in livestock production rendered them surplus. Adamo-Faiden, a studio led by architects Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden, were asked to convert it into

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Superimpose turns Chinese revolutionary factory into exhibition centre

Superimpose has saved a historic factory in Changzhi, China, from demolition by renovating it into a exhibition centre for the city. The Hong-Kong-based architecture studio convinced the owner to turn the derelict industrial building into the Changzhi City Expo, which contains an exhibition space, government meeting centre, offices and an auditorium. The owner of the property, who

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Snøhetta to renovate historic Detroit station for Ford innovation centre

Architecture firm Snøhetta plans to transform Detroit’s Michigan Central Station into a research hub for car company Ford, with proposals for a “collaborative ecosystem” of professionals to develop self-driving vehicles. The Corktown Campus project will involve the overhaul of the historic building, which has been in disrepair for 30 years since Amtrak last used the

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London off-licence transformed into industrial-style apartment building by Emulsion

London architecture office Emulsion has built a trio of homes around the structure of a former corner shop, including an apartment for studio director Michael Deeley and his partner. Albany Road is Emulsion’s first self-initiated development and is situated directly opposite the newly redeveloped Burgess Park in Southwark. The site was previously home to a 1950s building containing

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Ryuji Kajino converts simple shed into studio for flower craft

Architect Ryuji Kajino converted an 80-year-old barn in Kurashiki, Japan, to create Tiny Atelier, a studio for a designer who makes accessories from dried flowers. The small building is located on a hillside site that also contains the owner’s house and a warehouse, which faces out over a valley towards Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. Kajino’s studio

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Kengo Kuma to convert Porto slaughterhouse into cultural centre

Kengo Kuma and OODA have paired up to transform a disused slaughterhouse in Porto into a cultural centre, which will feature art galleries and a library beneath a sweeping ceramic-clad roof. The Matadouro slaughterhouse is situated in the parish of Campanhã and was previously considered as one of the area’s major economic contributors. However since its

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MVRDV to convert communist monument in Albania into technology centre

Dutch studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a new technology education centre in the Albanian capital of Tirana, which will be housed within a pyramidal monument to communism. Set within the city centre, The Tirana Pyramid was first erected in 1988 but has since undergone a variety of uses. First opening as museum dedicated to Albania’s long-serving

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SOM converts century-old Chicago firehouse into Optimo hat factory

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has paired blackened steel with warm-toned wood at a new headquarters for hat maker Optimo, created inside a historic firehouse in Chicago. The offices and production facilities are situated within a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in the Beverly neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side. Founded 25 years ago, Optimo has developed

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Twelve Architects to turn the ruins of Bodmin Jail into a hotel

An abandoned and bat-infested 18th century prison in Cornwall, England, is being turned into a hotel and tourist attraction by Twelve Architects. The London-based studio was commissioned by Interstate Europe Hotels to transform Bodmin Jail into destination accommodation, and to re-home the bats that have been roosting in its ruined walls in a bespoke bat-house.

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Brutalist Breuer building owned by IKEA could become hotel in Connecticut

IKEA is considering plans to transform a concrete structure by modernist architect Marcel Breuer in New Haven into a hotel, according to reports. Local newspaper the New Haven Independent reported that the Swedish furniture company, which owns the empty Pirelli Tire Building, is in talks to convert it. The city’s economic development administrator Matthew Nemerson is

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Carmody Groarke creates two ruin-like pavilions in the grounds of English country home

A 40-metre tunnel provides an undetectable connection between a house in rural Sussex and one of two follies designed by Carmody Groarke. London practice Carmody Groarke was tasked with building a guest suite on a lake and creating an artist’s studio within the brick walls of a ruined 18th-century farmhouse. The project, aptly named Two Pavilions, also

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Heritage building in Uruguay houses new bakery and cafe by Pedro Livni Arquitecto

Extending this historic home in the capital of Uruguay has allowed architect Pedro Livni to reconfigure living spaces into a cafe, and place a bakery in the courtyard. La Linda is an artisanal cafe and bakery built within a 1927 garden house in the country’s capital Montevideo. The bakery spaces required did not fit into

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Kengo Kuma designs Japan’s first Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma. Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan building – originally designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1926 – to create suites set around a plant-filled courtyard. It will be the 10th Ace Hotel, joining

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HKS revives historic buildings for urban healthcare campus in Ohio

Architecture firm HKS has overhauled a 120-year-old steam plant and a brutalist office building, creating a headquarters for a medical company and aiming to revive an ageing downtown district in the American Rust Belt. The ProMedica Headquarters is located in the heart of downtown Toledo, a city in northwest Ohio. The project involved the adaptive

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WAW Architects adds concrete extension to social services centre in former orphanage 

A concrete and glass block projects out over the entrance of this red brick building in Brussels, which has been converted into offices for social services by WAW Architects. The local architecture studio restored and redesigned the former orphanage, which was built in 1901, to create an office space for social services organisation OCMW Halle. Period features, such as

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Moss converts Chicago corner shop into art gallery, apartment and its own studio

Architect Matt Nardella has turned an abandoned bodega in Chicago into his home and studio, arranging spaces around a courtyard he created in the centre. Nardella runs Chicago-based architecture and design firm Moss with his wife Laura Cripe, who oversees the marketing and business development. The architect and his team transformed the 6,000-square-foot (557-square-metre) grocery

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Interrobang converts London’s landmark Hoover Building into apartments

UK studio Interrobang has transformed the Hoover Building in west London into 66 apartments that retain many of the former factory’s original art deco features. The heritage-listed building was designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners in 1931, and began life as the UK headquarters, manufacturing plant and repairs centre for the Hoover Company. During its heyday

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Conran and Partners unveils residential conversion of Richard Seifert’s Centre Point

Richard Seifert’s celebrated Centre Point tower in London has been restored and converted into apartments by architecture firm Conran and Partners. London-based Conran and Partners has completely overhauled the Grade-II listed white-concrete high-rise, which was completed by Seifert in 1966, at the intersection of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. The 36-storey tower previously contained offices,

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Former car factory to be transformed into Pompidou Centre Brussels

Brussels’ €125 million (£109 million) Centre Pompidou is to be designed by noAarchitecten, EM2N and Sergison Bates architects. The international team’s proposal, called ‘A Stage for Brussels’, won a competition against 92 other entries to reshape a former Citroën factory into the KANAL – Centre Pompidou. Swiss architect Roger Diener led the jury. As a cultural hub

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans to revitalise former brewery in Riga

Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won a competition to repurpose a derelict brewery in the Latvian city of Riga, introducing offices, a hotel and a public plaza. The Kimmel Quarter occupies almost an entire city block of Riga’s Central District and takes its name from the nearby Brewery Kimmel, a beer manufacturer that operated throughout

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals plans for “horizontal skyscrapers” in Moscow

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans for two apartments blocks built on stilts, as part of its redevelopment of an abandoned brewery on the banks of the Moscow River. The Swiss architects plans to restore the Badaevskiy Brewery in the centre of the Russian capital will include building two residential blocks raised 35 metres above the ground. Dubbed

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Stained glass dividers brighten London co-working space inside former church

Surman Weston has converted a Victorian church in London’s Islington into a colourful co-working space that doubles as the architecture studio’s own office. The British practice turned the former methodist church into an open-plan office, using stained glass screens and panels on the suspended staircase to allude to the building’s history. Harlequin-patterned panes of glass in muted green, blue,

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Piuarch transforms abandoned aircraft factory into Gucci’s Milan headquarters

Italian office Piuarch has converted a former aircraft manufacturing facility in Milan into fashion brand Gucci’s new headquarters, adding a glazed tower wrapped in metal sunscreens to the rows of the brick-clad hangars. The complex of warehouse buildings close to the city’s Linate airport was originally completed in 1915 to house the final assembly plant

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Wilkinson Eyre and Jonathan Tuckey convert King’s Cross gasholders into luxury flats

Wilkinson Eyre has completed its transformation of a trio of Victorian gasholder frames at London’s King’s Cross into luxury apartments with interiors by Jonathan Tuckey Design. The London architecture practice headed up by Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre won a competition in 2002 to construct the apartments within the three conjoined gasholders for developer Argent. The project forms

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Studio Edwards uses shipping containers to create getaway on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

A trio of shipping containers has been converted into a weekend retreat set on stilts on a hillside overlooking Australia’s Otway Coast by Melbourne practice Studio Edwards.  The residence named House 28 is located on the edge of Wye River, a town that has grown up along a waterway that feeds into the sea on

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Dorte Mandrup to wrap heritage centre around second-world-war bunker

Danish architect Dorte Mandrup has planned a building on top of a second-world-war naval bunker, in a UNESCO World Heritage area on the German coast. Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s competition-winning design places four storeys of office and storage space above a historic former military building in Wilhelmshaven, and wraps a glass wall around the exterior. The project was winner in a

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Faceted structures and colourful holds form climbing walls in Minneapolis bouldering gym

Brightly coloured hand and foot holds form climbing routes across turquoise walls at this bouldering centre, set inside an industrial building in Minneapolis. Following the success of the franchise in Seattle and Austin, the Minneapolis Bouldering Project opened in November 2017 at a riverside complex. The building formerly housed office, manufacturing and warehouse spaces, but

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Gensler and Reebok reimagine US gas stations as gyms

Architecture practice Gensler and footwear giant Reebok have revealed a concept to convert American petrol stations into fitness centres that generate energy. With the goal of creating a country where a gym and restaurant are always within a few miles away, the concept focuses on three different types of US gas stations. “Each concept is tailored to

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Emrys Architects uses timber inserts to convert east London ironworks into artists’ studios 

A huge bank of bleachers acts as a gathering point at the centre of this studio complex created by Emrys Architects within a listed ironworks in the Isle of Dogs, east London. Built inside the former Millwall Ironworks, the two-storey birch plywood structure by London studio Emrys Architects contains studios, workshops and co-working spaces. The “crisp stand-alone insertion” stands away from

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Edward van Vliet converts crane into three-storey holiday retreat in Amsterdam

A crane overlooking Amsterdam’s IJ river has been transformed into a luxury rental apartment, featuring three stacked shipping containers accommodating living spaces designed by Edward van Vliet to reference the area’s industrial past. The rental apartment is operated by local firm, Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, which oversaw the crane’s refurbishment in collaboration with the local municipality,

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Park Hill estate to be converted into student housing

The final wave of regeneration at brutalist Park Hill estate will see 350 student homes, designed by British practice Whittam Cox Architects, built within the iconic concrete framework of the social housing complex in Sheffield, England. Urban Splash, the developer overseeing the renovation of the Grade II*-listed estate, has brought Whittam Cox Architects and student housing developer Alumno on board to

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Wavy tiled roof of Springingstream guesthouse is based on the outline of surrounding mountains

Beijing studio WEI Architects used traditional materials and construction techniques to convert a derelict house in Fujian province into a guesthouse featuring curving tiled roofs and reclaimed windows. Springingstream guesthouse is situated in the village of Chi Xi in Fuding County, where dramatic mountains, tea fields and bamboo forests create scenery evocative of typical Chinese

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Affordable housing and studio concept wins RIBA contest for decommissioned gasholders

London studio Outpost has won a contest seeking ideas for how disused gasholders could be repurposed across the UK, with its concept for a ring of affordable housing and workspaces. The plans show a row of gabled buildings surrounding a circular well, which would be left behind after the latticed steel frame of a gasholder

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Foster + Partners converts landmark Hong Kong office tower into high-end hotel

Foster + Partners is transforming a former government headquarters tower in Hong Kong into a luxury hotel, retaining the building’s original modernist facade and providing panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. The hotel is due to open early next year inside The Murray Building – a 27-storey tower on Hong Kong’s Cotton Tree Drive that

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Alabama architecture students convert historic bank into library for rural town

A brick bank building in Alabama dating to the early 1900s has been transformed into a community library by Rural Studio, a student design-build programme dedicated to social projects. The Newbern Library is located in a town of the same name with less than 200 residents, and was converted by fifth-year architecture students at Auburn

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Vector Architects converts sugar mill into Alila Yangshuo hotel

Vector Architects has transformed a disused sugar mill in China’s mountainous Yangshuo County into a resort hotel featuring a group of gabled masonry structures designed to complement the existing industrial architecture. Alila Yangshuo hotel is situated in a col between two of the karst mountains that makes this area in the Guangxi region a popular

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Rural Office for Architecture adds row of red gabled sheds to rural Welsh property

Rural Office for Architecture used locally available materials and a single russet hue to ensure this cluster of service buildings and a rear extension to a smallholding in mid Wales fit in with their agrarian setting. The owners of Aeron Parc are a family of vegetable growers who purchased a site containing a Victorian house and

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Marina Abramovic cancels OMA’s theatre conversion in Upstate New York

Serbian artist Marina Abramovic has abandoned plans for OMA to turn a former theatre in Upstate New York into an arts institute in her name, after failing to raise enough funding. Abramovic announced the cancellation of the project, designed by architecture firm OMA’s New York office, during a talk at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery last month.

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Alejandro Valdivieso’s Casa Aljibe features curved living space built around an old well

Spanish architect Alejandro Valdivieso has repurposed a former water cistern near Madrid, transforming it into the basement of a house with a glass facade that curves around the original well. Casa Aljibe, which translates as Cistern House, is situated in the suburban district of Alpedrete, northwest of the Spanish capital. The underground cistern was built early

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Gilbert and George are turning an east London brewery into an art gallery

Artists Gilbert and George are converting 19th-century brewery in London’s Spitalfields into their own public gallery “because the Tate never shows our work”. The building off Brick Lane is being converted by SIRS – a design firm founded by Gilbert Prousch’s architect nephew – and planning permission has been granted by Tower Hamlets council. George Prousch and George

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Six ideas to transform Britain’s decommissioned gasholders make shortlist in RIBA competition

A crematorium, a sports field and a multi-storey charging station for driverless cars are among six shortlisted proposals to repurpose decommissioned gasholder sites across the UK. Housing and a battery storage space were also put forward as uses for the circular wells, which are left behind when a gasholder and its latticed steel frame have been

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Arizona horse barn transformed into desert guest house by The Construction Zone

Concrete walls that once enclosed horse stalls are now used as room dividers in this modern guest house by The Construction Zone, a design-build firm in Phoenix. The Barn Guest House is located on a large property in Phoenix dotted with cacti, boulders and desert trees. The adaptive reuse project entailed transforming an existing concrete

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals plans for skyscraper and exhibition hall at Stockholm gasworks

The cylindrical frame of a gasholder at Stockholm’s old gasworks will host an events space, in plans by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron that will see another of the structures demolished to make way for a skyscraper. Called Gasklockan, the residential development is overseen by Oscar Properties and is being constructed on the site of the

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London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park could be saved with alternative design by JAA

Architecture firm JAA has developed a proposal that would see a celebrated brutalist car park in London preserved – rather than demolished to build a new hotel. The speculative scheme is being offered as an alternative to Westminister Council’s plans to demolish Welbeck Street car park, to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry

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Kate Darby and David Connor preserve rotting structure in conversion of 18th-century cottage

David Connor Design and Kate Darby Architects have transformed a tumbledown cottage in England’s West Midlands into a home and studio, enveloping the ruined old structure in a shell of black corrugated metal. David Connor and Kate Darby set about preserving the 300-year-old timbers, erecting a new steel frame over the listed ruins and cladding it in blackened corrugated

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Deborah Berke Partners transforms historic insane asylum into boutique hotel

Guests can stay overnight in former patients’ rooms at this late 19th-century building constructed as a mental hospital, which New York studio Deborah Berke Partners has partially restored and redesigned as a hotel. Hotel Henry occupies a brick building completed by American architect Henry Hobson Richardson in 1880, which operated as an insane asylum until

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Büros für Konstruktivismus turns a chicken coop in Berlin into an artist’s studio

Berlin-based practice Büros für Konstruktivismus has transformed a former chicken house in the back garden of a 1930s home into a pine-lined artist’s studio. The project is named Hühnerhaus, the German word for henhouse. The coop was originally constructed just after second world war in the grounds of a Berlin villa, but after its renovation the owner now uses

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Ole Scheeren plans to radically transform Frankfurt office block into Jenga-like apartment tower

Architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled plans for his first project in Europe, which will see him completely overhaul a 1970s office block in Frankfurt to create 200 riverside homes. Having spent more than a decade focusing on Asia, the German architect is shifting his focus to his home country. He plans to completely reconfigure a

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Extrastudio transforms Portuguese winery into house covered with rough red mortar

Lisbon-based practice Extrastudio has converted a winery in southern Portugal into a family home by covering its walls with red-pigmented mortar, introducing light wells and adding a black-bottomed swimming pool. The former winery was built by the client’s grandparents in the 20th century. After inheriting the building, they tasked Extrastudio to create a family residence on the site located in Azeitao,

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LGA transforms warehouse into community for homeless youths in Toronto

Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless young people. Eva’s is a nonprofit initiative that provides shelter and educational facilities for homeless youth in the city. For the latest of its three residences, LGA Architectural Partners consulted with Canadian agency ERA Architects to revamp

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Beech Architects adds zinc pod to derelict Windmill in Suffolk

UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from

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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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Old Suffolk barn transformed into countryside bed and breakfast by Blee Halligan Architects

Bedrooms inside this barn conversion extension in the English countryside are defined by the peaks of a sawtooth roof, which Blee Halligan Architects added during the building’s renovation. The Five Acre Barn is home to a bed and breakfast, and is set between the Suffolk seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thropness in the East Anglia

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Andrew Burges Architects transforms Sydney warehouse into “mini city” for kids

This Sydney childcare and community centre by Andrew Burges Architects is filled with tiny house-shaped rooms and has a sandpit on its roof. Conceived as a city at child’s scale, the East Sydney Learning Centre is housed in a four-storey former warehouse building from the 1920s that is nestled within a tight network of lanes and streets. The architects were asked to

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Jiaji Shen proposes turning abandoned coal pier into workshop for “mudlarking” jewellery maker

Royal College of Art graduate Jiaji Shen has proposed transforming a disused pier on London’s River Thames into a workshop for a designer who makes jewellery with items scavenged from the mud. Shen developed The Jewel of the Thames project during his interior design masters studies at London’s Royal College of Art. It formed part of the programme’s Obsolescence section, which asked

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Arcgency transforms former Copenhagen coal crane into private retreat

Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreat. Located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark’s capital, The Krane sits on the waterfront and accessed by a drawbridge-like staircase. The multi-tiered structure comprises a reception area on the

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AART designs pop-up train carriages to rejuvenate an old railway in Aarhus

A single-room hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of polling booths are just some of the unusual functions assigned to a set of train carriages designed by Danish studio AART for an old industrial area of Aarhus. AART worked with local non-profit organisation Givisme on the design for the pop-up carriages, which were created to inject life back into an area of

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Sex shop converted into tiny Japanese art gallery by Persimmon Hills Architects

Persimmon Hills Architects has transformed an illegal sex shop into a a dramatic wedge-shaped micro-studio and gallery space in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring just 20 square metres, the space named Cut is designed for an artist in residence as an extension of the annual open-air art festival, Koganecho Bazaar. “Koganecho has art everywhere during an

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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Brett Farrow converts auto body shop into restaurant complex in Southern California

American architect Brett Farrow has used cedar, steel and large expanses of glass to transform a shabby car repair facility into a lively venue for working, dining and sipping cocktails. Called The Quonset Project, the small complex sits within Carlsbad, a quiet beach town in Southern California. The project is named after a steel hut that has been located

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Snøhetta set to overhaul former paper mill to offer views of Oregon waterfall

Snøhetta has unveiled its plans to transform an abandoned paper mill blocking a view of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls and waterfront into a cultural complex looped by an elevated pathway. Located on the Willamette River, The Riverwalk will open up views of Willamette Falls – North America’s second largest waterfall in volume – that haven’t been accessible for 150 years.

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Jestico + Whiles converts town hall into student halls with iridescent tile-covered theatre

Southwark Town Hall in south London has been renovated and repurposed to accommodate student housing and a mixed-use arts hub, including a theatre contained in a folded tile-clad extension. Architecture and interior design firm Jestico + Whiles was appointed by student-housing developer Alumno Developments to oversee the renewal of the historic building on Peckham Road,

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MVRDV transforms 1970s highway into “plant village” in Seoul

Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, which follows a kilometre-long route above the traffic. South Korea’s answer to New York’s High Line, the 983-metre-long park occupies a stretch of the 1970s highway destined for demolition. It now contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The walkway, called

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Tandem’s Melbourne house features folded cladding interrupted by rusty steel window frames

The curving corrugated-metal exterior of this house in Melbourne by local studio Tandem forms a continuous surface that encloses small pocket gardens. Tandem created the True North House for a tapering triangular plot in the Kensington neighbourhood of Melbourne, which was previously occupied by a decaying 1950s cottage and a stables built in the 1880s.

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Carr creates dark and moody interiors for art-filled hotel in Australia’s wine region

Australian architecture studio Carr has transformed a Federation cottage on the Mornington Peninsula into the Jackalope hotel, cladding the building’s exterior in charred timber and creating interiors based on an alchemist’s workshop. The Jackalope is located in a wine-growing region south of Melbourne that is famed for its production of pinot noir. Comprising both an

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office

UK architect Simon Astridge has used shipping containers, exposed plasterwork and clay lighting to create the offices and showroom for a London tile manufacturer. Astridge designed the Porcelain Gallery for Pentagon Tiles in a conservation area within Hatton Garden in London’s Camden. As part of the brief, Astridge was tasked with creating office space in the backyard of the showroom, and so chose

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Chybik + Kristof uses 900 plastic chairs to clad Czech furniture showroom

Hundreds of used black plastic chairs cover the facade of this furniture shop, which architecture studio Chybik + Kristof has created inside a former car showroom in the Czech city of Brno. The former showroom was in need of an update, with the building’s exterior lacking any visual connection to the company or its products. The furniture company MY DVA Group jokingly requesting Ondrej Chybik and

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