What goes around, comes around – 4 examples of Adaptive Reuse


As more and more businesses look at embracing sustainability, we are starting to see this reflected in architecture and office design. One example being Adaptive Reuse, when existing buildings are completely rethought and redesigned to provide a new function. Here are 4 impressive examples of Adaptive Reuse:

Battersea Power Station, London

One of the most recognised landmarks along the river Thames, this unused power station has been abandoned for decades, but finally plans for one of the biggest redevelopment projects on the London South Bank are now being put into place. The new £5.5bn scheme includes plans for 3,700 homes, offices, shops and restaurants, with the famous chimneys being restored. You can view live feeds of the construction at the Battersea Power Station website.


 Tate Modern, London

Here’s another disused power station that proved to be a very successful example of adaptive reuse. Tate Modern’s centre-piece, The Turbine Hall of the former building was famously transformed into a vast gallery space that has been used to house a number of high profile artists’ pieces. They now hope to do the same as part of the current Tate Modern Project, where a new building will be seamlessly grafted to the current one and the former oil tanks beneath it adapted into a performance and exhibition venue. The new building will also use 54% less energy and generate 44% less carbon than current building regulations demand.


99c offices, South Africa

In-House architects converted a shipping container into a waiting room for one of their clients 99c an advertising firm in Cape Town. The container was intended to represent the fact that the company produces creative solutions that are shipped around the globe.



B2 Boutique Hotel

The stunning B2 boutique hotel was once a brewery in the heart of Zurich. The conversion started in 2001 and the industrial site has now been converted into shops, offices, restaurants and apartments, with a thermal bath and spa in an adjacent brewery building that once housed the drum that held the beer.

With businesses increasingly aware of their sustainability, retaining and reusing existing buildings has become an essential factor when creating office space, which means we can expect to see a lot more examples of this creative design process in the future.

Article contributed by Paramount Interiors, specialists in office interior design and modern office furniture.