Sunday, November 15, 2009

adaptive reuse: soest netherlands: zecc architecten

When the original use of a structure changes or is no longer required, architects have the opportunity to change the primary function of the structure, retaining some of the existing architectural details that make the building unique. Adaptive reuse, is seen by many as a key factor in land conservation and reducing the amount of sprawl. For those who prescribe to the smart growth concept, it is more efficient and environmentally responsible to redevelop older buildings closer to urban cores than it is to build new construction on faraway greenfield sites.

In the United States, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, loft housing is one prominent result of adaptive reuse projects. Formerly-industrial areas such as the Meatpacking District, Manhattan, New York and Callowhill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are being transformed into residential neighborhoods through this process. This transformation is sometimes associated with gentrification.

This example of Adaptive Reuse in Soest Netherlands, an old water tower, was ingeniously converted to a nine level residence. Built in 1931, the tower renovation features smart design choices for maximum space usage and natural light.

In addition to a 3 level window that allows natural light to enter the structure near the ground level, the home features a sauna and roof deck with fantastic views. Completed in 2004, the tower residence was designed by Zecc Architecten.

via Arch Daily

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