Old Structures Converted into Exceptional Homes

I've always enjoyed designing. Since I was in college, I've always preferred to create designs from scratch.  I wanted to explore different possibilities without any constraints. One advantage of being a student is that there are no limitations.

We have always been given the freedom to express our creativity. Our school encouraged us to explore new designs. After becoming an architect, reality has crept in. Restrictions and budgets have always been present in almost all projects. In order to accomplish my projects, I had to adjust to reality.


Barn to House adaptive reuse Designed by: Bjarne Mastenbroek (SeARCH)



Some of my first projects have been renovations. At first, I thought the existing structures would be a hindrance to my design. My outlook for renovation projects has slowly changed. Instead of looking at it as a hindrance, I began to see these projects as a challenge.

Designing a structure from scratch is tough, but redesigning an existing structure is even harder. Before I start designing a project, I usually do a bunch of research. I get my inspiration from successful projects. I study and learn how they solve their design problems.

I have learned to enjoy the challenge after having completed several renovation projects. Some architects prefer to keep the structure intact. I prefer to transform old unused structures into livable spaces. This got me thinking about buying an abandoned warehouse and turning it into a house. Below are some of the adaptive reuse works I admire.
 


Billboard to House adaptive reuse Designed by: Front Architects

Billboard to House adaptive reuse Designed by: Front Architects

Container to House adaptive reuse Designed by: Poteet Architects


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