Getting Smarter About Adaptive Reuse
In cities around the world, the mantra of sustainable design—reduce, reuse, retrofit—has boosted the environmental and cultural arguments for adaptive reuse.
But transforming an obsolete building into a vital real estate asset takes more than functional reconfiguration and building systems updates; it requires an integrated design solution that also renews the building’s presence and beauty.
BuroHappold Engineering’s approach to the intelligent reuse of buildings combines an understanding of user needs and in-depth knowledge of building codes with a rigorous, collaborative design process. Our goal: to design solutions that employ a thorough analysis of existing conditions to mitigate costly, unforeseen complications while illuminating the best strategy for creating flexible and sustainable systems for the future that preserves historic fabric.
In San Francisco, a new structural system for Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects’ The Garage on Hyde, simultaneously concealed and expressed, supports the conversion of a neighborhood parking garage into light-filled condominiums. In Brooklyn, fin-tube radiant heating for St. Ann’s Warehouse, designed by Marvel Architects, leverages the mass of the historic building’s heavy masonry walls, quietly enhancing occupant comfort without impacting the theater’s acoustics. And in Los Angeles, another historic warehouse by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects has reopened as the La Kretz Innovation Campus, a clean-tech hub sporting advanced energy-saving and -generating systems.
Ultimately, whether seamlessly integrated or boldly revealed, the new components of adaptive reuse projects must afford a sense of effortlessness and poetry, for it is quality of experience as much as durability and performance that gives a building enduring value and purpose. This is what we strive for.