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Creative Renovations: 14 Projects With Surprising Solutions That Transform The Space
Renovation projects are often perceived as being more limited and therefore less exciting. In this article, we present renovation projects with unexpected solutions that show that it is possible to be creative when adapting and reusing an existing space.
Renovation projects – also called retrofitting, refurbishing, remodeling – are becoming increasingly popular in the market and the practice of architecture, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
These projects focus on transforming an existing location, so many different factors and challenges must be addressed. Each project has different aspects that need to be considered, such as regulations and codes, the relationship of the project with its surroundings, and finally, tectonic aspects such as the pre-existing structure, materials, and the functional program of the building.
With all these factors, one gets the impression that it is hard to integrate them all in one project and still propose creative solutions. It is important to balance the demands and limitations of the renovation but, still, it is possible to find surprising solutions that can bring a new identity to the project. Here are 14 home transformation projects with unexpected solutions for visual language, space organization, materials, and the relationship with the surroundings.
One of the most common reasons for renovating is the need to reorganize spaces, especially in residential projects, considering the current changes in our society and lifestyle. Large and flexible spaces were not very common in the past also due to a lack of technology to build such structures. However, this spatial integration can be achieved in several ways.
House in Kamisawa / Tato Architects
U-shape room / Atelier TAO+C
Casa Zaire / Paulo Moreira Architectures
f(x) House / Adhoc Arquitectura y Territorio
House in Chiharada / Studio Velocity
Président Roof Extension / CENTRAL Office for Architecture and Urbanism
Transformation of a 1950s Villa in Vers-chez-les-Blanc / Bureau Brisson Architectes
Relationship with the surroundings
The relationship between the new project and its surroundings is one of the biggest challenges of a renovation. Adapting to an existing urban fabric can be a tough undertaking because of the complexity of the surroundings, but it is still possible to overcome these obstacles and come up with innovative solutions.
The Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood of Guangzhou / URBANUS
Observatory Reform Cóndor Huachana / La cabina de la curiosidad – Daniel Moreno Flores + Marie Combette
Choosing the materials is one of the most strategic aspects of renovating. You can choose materials that blend the new interventions with the existing elements or materials that contrast and highlight the differences between the old and the new. Moreover, materials are often chosen according to technical solutions and needs.
The R wall in Fukui / Yoshichika Takagi + associates
Plywood House / SMS Arquitectos
House AD25 / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos
In some cases, the renovation is not about major structural changes but about bringing a new identity to the project. It is important to take the opportunity to use new visual languages to create a unique and authentic design.
Reforma El Guateque / ESCOLANO + STEEGMANN (in Spanish)
Apartment – House / Kochi Architect’s Studio
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