Top 10 Rehabilitations and change of use in buildings

Building rehabilitations are nowadays at the order of the day. It is important to revalue the buildings that history has left on the road, to preserve them so it can work again. But as activities have changed, it often happens that its old function  has become obsolete, this is where the new architecture sees an enormous possibility; a change in its use. Factories that are transformed into social centers, or that have to adapt to new ways of work. Convents that should house showrooms or even homes. The reactivation of disused buildings is a fundamental role in contemporary architecture.

Today in More With Less we bring you a very special ranking, the renovations and changes in use, which we believe can inspire all designers to reinvent themselves and make real works of art of abandoned architecture.


Goroka, a new way of understanding the workplace.

Goroka is a restoration and re-functionalization project in an old indistrial building in Barcelona, Spain. Located on a ground floor with street acces and in the typical chamfer corner of Barcelona, Isern Serra  and Sylvain Carlet design this new concept for an office.




Morería Studio located in one of the Mudejar suburbs of Madrid

The Morería Studio project, work of the architectural studio KAL A, if it locates in the Morería, what was one of the mudéjares suburbs of Madrid, which still maintains part of its sinuous and irregular pattern typical of Islamic and medieval urbanism, marked by constant level changes and perspective.




Atelier Ventura Trindade, an architecture studio with a minimalist and industrial design

The new Atelier Ventura Trindade is located in an enclave with its own architectural history. In the heart of Lisbon, we stumble upon a range of buildings made by Joaquim Norte Junior between the mid-20s and the 40s of XX century. An architecture that reflects the transition between romantic decorativism of the early years of the past century and a depurated modernist form. It is right there, at the ground floor of one of these builsings, where the Portuguese architecture studio Ventura Trindade has created his new office and workspace.




Jingyuan No22, how to transform a warehouse into an interactive coworking

Jingyuan No22 used to be an old cotton warehouse located in Beijing China. Today, Cheng Yanchun architecture office carries out this restoration, based on a spatial experience and related to the new use of the building.




Big Data GFK offices, integration and flexibility

Big Data GFK offices, is the conversion of a former factory into a working place. Located in Oberbaum, Berlin, in a neighborhood known as the “lamp of the city”. A nickname whose origin is due to the lamp production that characterized the whole area. IFUB studio carries out this project together with the interior design of Vitra.




Pósito Pesquero, the value of traditional architecture

Architecture tends to have a permanent character, but not quite as much the use it is built for. Currently, more and more industrial buildings are being refurbished and reconverted to house a new function in accordance with modern living. It is the case of Pósito Pesquero of Santa Pola; a mid-nineteenth-century industrial construction set as an example of the warehousing traditional architecture of the time.




Rehabilitation for an exhibition hall in Santo Domingo convent. How to give a new use to a historical space with a minimal intervention.

Rehabilitation for an exhibition hall in Santo Domingo convent, is a project made from an earlier one, carried out by Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas. Located in Huéscar, Granada, Spain, it is Elisa Valero who gives a new life and use to this construction of 1544.




Houtloods, multiplying space possibilities

Houtloods is the oldest building still standing on Spoorzone, a railway area of Tiburg, in The Nederlands. It used to work as the railroad’s lumberyard. The architecture studio Bedaux de Brouwer Architects was in charge of the intervention and restoring this project.




Joliark restores an abandoned brewery for Octapharma

Restoration is a delicate issue; you must interprete and understand what is already there to choice appropriate tools not just for renovation of the materials and spaces, but enhance those which already exist. The scenario for this intervention is an old brewery, nowadays called Octapharma Brewery in Stockholm, abandoned after the Stora Bryggeriet’s bankruptcy at the start of the 20th century.




Cooking school in a former slaughterhouse

The rehabilitation of this building, made by the studio Sol89, is located in a former slaughterhouse of the nineteenth century, formed by three cradles around a patio and a large emptiness of cattle arrival in Medina Sidonia, to become a new cooking school.