From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

In a previous life, Critter Creek existed as purely residential home for over 20 years, but its time was running out as it was scheduled for demolition for the family’s new home.  However, the family and design firm Furman+Keil Architects opted to re-purpose the building and relocate it to a new location in order to preserve the memories and spirit of the place. First, the … Continue reading From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

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The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…

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What do you do when a 1960’s-era Antoni Bonet i Castellana-designed rationalist building that worked as a greyhound stadium track has outlived its use? If you’re Dear Design Studio, you refurbish it into a research park. Dear Design Studio won a competition for their take on the interior design of the building after its 2016 refurbishment, which was likely very impressive since they had to adapt the former greyhound stadium’s facilities into an open, dynamic and flexible space for technology companies and start-ups. Continue reading “The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…”

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading “Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…”

Architect to Buy & RePurpose Orange County’s Government Center

Something I learned in architecture school at Texas A&M (WHOOP), is that when it comes to green/sustainable architecture, the greenest buildings are the ones that already exist.  So if a building is no longer serving its original purpose (or if people just plain don’t like the building), repurposing it is a great option, as is the case of Paul Rudolph’s brutalist Orange County Government Center in Goshen, California.  People either love or hate this building, and despite its eligibility for landmark status, its fate in undecided.  Enter Gene Kaufman, a partner at Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architects, who has offered to buy and repurpose the building. Continue reading “Architect to Buy & RePurpose Orange County’s Government Center”

This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses

Inspiration for any artist endeavor, or ANY endeavor for that matter, can come from the strangest and unlikeliest of places.  This is not lost on architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turren, the Ensenada, Mexico-based team behind the Vena Cava winery in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, often called the “Napa of Mexico”.  Why you ask; well, this winery is made almost entirely of old, recycled boats. This isn’t too much of a surprise from the same design team that most often find inspiration for they projects from random items in dumpsters, local factories, demolition sites and junkyards (much of it coming from the United States). Continue reading “This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses”

Get Your Own New Home…Made From a Boeing 747!!

Have you ever wondered what  the afterlife of a Boeing 747 was like.  Do they go to heaven and see the old-timey propeller planes from childhood pasts or are they harvested for parts for repairing or building news planes, a’la “The Circle of Life?” Well, in this case, a particular 747 has been re-purposed into a luxury home.   Continue reading “Get Your Own New Home…Made From a Boeing 747!!”

The Habitat ITESM Leon Gets Updated, Inside & Out

Let’s see, you have an older existing building and you don’t want to just let it stand abandoned or knock it down.  What to do?  While you could perform an interior repurposing/retrofit of that structure, why stop there?  SHINE Architects and TAarquitectura didn’t stop there; in fact, they designed an addition that envelops an old building’s exterior at the Tec de Monterrey’s, Leon, Mexico Campus, as well.  In doing so, they revitalized this underutilized space into a 12701 square-foot art/design studio workshop for the students.  The space serves as a blank slate for the students to interact freely, without classrooms or lecture hall, existing solely as an 24/7 artistic communal space. Continue reading “The Habitat ITESM Leon Gets Updated, Inside & Out”

From a Mustard Lab to Call Center, Amazing what New Aesthetics can do…

Two weeks in a row, two works of architecture involving the repurposing of an existing building into another building, and this project is the conversion of a mustard laboratory in Dijon into  a Telecom call center.  The project architects, Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, had taken the New Aesthetic at full face value (as you can plainly see). Even though a problem with repurposing existing buildings is the possibility of the spaces being incapable of adapting to any new functions (regardless of building condition), the firm claimed that “the more reuse of the existing is possible the more budget is liberated for interventions.” That statement is made clear by the project’s 4 million euro budget (about $4.89 million), as the design strategy involved only minor changes to the existing exterior casing, and concentrated on almost entirely renovating the interior spaces.   Continue reading “From a Mustard Lab to Call Center, Amazing what New Aesthetics can do…”

From Shipping Containers to Starbucks Drive-Through, A Story of Evolution…

For those keeping track, this is not the first blog I’ve covered about the re-purposing of shipping container into buildings.  As I said then, “this presents a possible solution to repurposing the number of discarded shipping containers into homes in developing countries, it also provides a solution for first-time home buyers who are looking are trying to save as much money as possible.”  Apparently, many companies/corporations are starting to use this method for their places of business as well.

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Fan Builds Own Custom House from “The Hobbit”

image “Lord of the Rings” fan Simon Dale was tired and uninterested in the typical, cookie-cutter suburban homes (or, in his words, “mass produced box design” homes). Dale, who is neither an architect nor contractor, moved his family to a Welsh countryside and designed and built a house in the fashion of “The Hobbit” of his beloved series. Continue reading “Fan Builds Own Custom House from “The Hobbit””