Recycled Homes

Categories Inspired Architecture

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings & sister site! Below you will see thematic selections of inspirational architecture & design, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

In recent years, gentrification and the adapitve reuse of (industrial) buildings that goes with it has become a sort of a fashion in dwelling. The valuable aspect of this trend is that it results in original and surprising architecture in which the specific history of a place or a structure is preserved and another layer is added to it. Have you ever tried to imagine what it would be like to inhabit a space originally designed for purposes far different from the residential – a recycled home?

Ricardo Bofill: The Cement Factory

image: Ricardo Bofill

AABE: Dusseldorf Factory Loft

image: Jean-Luc Laloux

Abaton: Former Stable in Extremadura

image: Abaton

Zecc Architecten: Chapel Utrecht

image: Cornbread Works

Ruud Visser Architecten: House in a Church

image: René de Wit

Brian Messana Architect: The Tank House

image: Brian Messana

Crepain Binst Architecture: Water Tower

image: Crepain Binst Architecture


The Apartment: From Gym to Apartment

image: The Apartment

Piercy Conner Architects/Duncan Jackson: Martello Tower Y

image: Edmund Sumner

The Pump House

image: Hunters


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.

OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently – Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.