• Tag: adaptive reuse


    The Jane Restaurant in Antwerp // Divine Fine Dining by Piet Boon.

    1st April

    Tucked in the middle of the up-and-coming Groen Kwartier, The Jane Antwerp is the much anticipated establishment of star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril. Housed within the chapel of a former military hospital, the restaurant’s interior was the charge of Dutch designer Piet Boon who enlisted the help of a number of extremely awesome collaborators on commissioned elements.



    Tapestry Museum by CVDB Arquitectos // Arraiolos, Portugal.

    25th February

    CVDB Arquitectos have converted an old hospital in the tiny town of Arraiolos in Portugal, into a Tapestry Museum. The town is famed for the embroidered rugs and carpets it produces, so for the 3300 inhabitants that live there, the museum celebrates the local cultural identity. The exterior skin of the building remains largely intact, flowing seamlessly with the character of the surrounding streetscape. The only new external addition is the delicately crafted stair shaft, which hides quietly at the back of the site.



    Loft by Lissoni Associati // Monza, Italy.

    14th October

    Converted warehouses are a dime a dozen these days, but how’s this for a fascinating case of repurposing? Lissoni Associati have taken an old private theatre and transformed it into a home. Monumental and so strictly restrained, this loft it so majestic it almost seems imaginary…



    The Providence Chapel in Wiltshire by Jonathan Tuckey Design.

    9th October

    I bet I know exactly what this house smells like. I lived in the UK for five years and was a member of the National Trust so am au fait with the parsimonious timbery whiff of little country churches and barn conversions. Strap on your Hunter wellies and pass me the Range Rover, we’re going to Bath. Or just outside Bath, in Colerne…



    So Hot Right Now // Mobile Buildings.

    4th October

    It’s certainly no news the (Western) world has been moving towards a more mobile existence for quite some time. Advancement of technology in combination with our continued pursuit of alternative lifestyle has brought about many developments towards innovative, or should I say – less conventional ways of working, living and holidaying. One such example is the move towards mobile buildings. Whilst this is far from being a new trend, it’s definitely interesting to see how varied these buildings are in their usage and the way in which they are configured. From true mobile dwellings such as the repurposed vehicles and shipping containers, to more conventional shelters designed to fit on the back of a bicycle or a truck, these interesting examples of mobile buildings from around the globe are a real-life comment about the mobile-nature of the world we live in…



    The Condestable’s House by Tabuenca & Leache Arquitectos // Pamplona, Spain.

    24th September

    We’re off to Spain today, to Pamplona. Tabuenca & Leache Arquitectos have stitched a caliente cultural centre into the bones of an historic town palace. The photos are by Luis Prieto. And frankly, they are so good I wet my pants…




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