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What Is Adaptive Reuse?


The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern by Pritzer Prize Laureates Herzog & de Meuron

Photo courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

Old buildings often outlive their original purposes. Adaptive reuse, or re-use, is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. An old factory may become an apartment building. A rundown church may find new life as a restaurant... And a restaurant may become a church.

One famous example of adaptive reuse is the Gallery of Modern Art for the Tate Museum in London. Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the museum was once a power station.

Adaptive Reuse is a way to save a building that might otherwise be demolished. The practice can also benefit the environment by conserving natural resources and minimizing the need for new materials.

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