Historic renovation

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about historic renovation

Project • By BAUMITHeritages

Glienicke Bridge Moorlake

King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia had a forester’s lodge built in the Bavarian style, in honour of his wife, on the banks of the Havel in 1840. The building was conditioned with restoration plasters, and the preservation authorities decided to use lime plaster to recreate the historical surface. Architect: Borgartz, Berlin More

Project • By BAUMITPrivate Houses

City Villa Dieng

Centrally located, the city villa was carefully converted and extended. The owner and architect accomplished this himself with his young family. The visually impressive façade, on which solid sgraffito was applied, deserves special mention. More

Project • By Taillandier Architectes AssociésExhibition Centres

La Cité

Sponsored by La Region Occitanie, the project of La Cité consists in the renovation of the historic site of Les Halles Latétoère, in order to create a third-place dedicated to collaborative and sustainable innovation. La Cité hosts several public and private services devoted to young start-ups, such as Ad’Occ, At Home, Nubbō and Roselab.The project is located in the South-East of Toulouse, in the suburb of Montaudran, next to the railway running along the protected historic runway of the Aéropostale. The building itself is registered as heritage of the aeronautical industrial history of Toulouse. Roland Halbe Built between 1917 and 1918 by the industrial pioneer Pierre-Georges Latéco&egr... More

Project • By Alexander Gorlin ArchitectsSynagogues

Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El, in upstate New York, is one of a handful of architecturally significant synagogues in the United States. We were commissioned to renovate and design a new educational addition in a manner that respected and preserved the original design by renowned 20th century architect, Louis Kahn.   A spacious, light-filled lobby connects the synagogue with a newly added structure that houses six classrooms, a large library, a social hall, a pre-function room, and a kitchen. The project also included the addition of a nursery school and the accommodation of the synagogue’s administrative offices all while remaining sensitive to the scale and character of the existing structure. The religious school is housed in the renovated... More

NewsNews • 1 Mar 2021

Rag Doll House presents a striking duality of old and new

Located in the oldest part of the villa district in Knokke-Heist, Belgium and situated in a former dune area, a new transparent ground floor has been inserted beneath a historic cottage. The striking expression of duality was developed by Delmulle Delmulle Architecten.  Johnny Umans In a neighbourhood known for naming individual houses, this house is nicknamed ‘Rag Doll,’ referring to the well-known type of stuffed doll made from different incoherent pieces of material that still results in a coherent ensemble. Piet Albert Goethals Surrounded by cottages, farms, historic cottages and contemporary modern homes, the clients at the outset felt divided between a modern home and the potential for something else. &... More

Project • By corde architetti associatiApartments

appartamento TRVSL

This family house was abandoned after a major earthquake hit the region of Friuli in 1976 and the building cracked in two. The structure was immediately secured but the family was so shocked they decide to move elsewhere.After nearly 40 years of abandonment, one of the daughters decided to make the house her home again. Even if it was empty and unfurnished, the interiors were still full of memories and their good and bad meanings: for this reason, in the very beginning the client asked for a completely contemporary space, with no references to the recent past.However, the project ended up bringing out a unique heritage of old spaces and materials, combined with the family history and the history of the building, which simply could not be tr... More

Project • By corde architetti associatiPrivate Houses

casa BRSL

During the life of a centuries old building, we are just a moment, a quick pass: our work, our signs have been added to those of our predecessors. Our purpose is to deliver a snapshot, a true picture of what we have done. New and old materials are kept exposed: concrete, iron, bricks, stone, wooden beams and planks. Everything is combined and composed by necessity, nothing more, nothing less.   During the life of a centuries old building, we are just a moment, a quick pass: our work, our signs have been added to those of our predecessors. Our purpose is to deliver a snapshot, a true picture of what we have done. New and old materials are kept exposed: concrete, iron, bricks, stone, wooden beams and planks. Everything is combined and... More

Project • By Clayton KortePrivate Houses

Balcones Residence

During the 1950s, architect Roland Roessner was teaching at the University of Texas and designing some of Austin’s most daring modern structures. One of his more memorable houses, the Balcones Residence, is perched above a long, sloping hillside and notable for its prominently cantilevered concrete balcony. Located along Balcones Drive, the property backs up to Camp Mabry, an 85-acre historic military installation established in 1892. New owners purchased the home from the original owners, and though previously unacquainted with the period, delved into all things mid-century modern. They hired Clayton Korte to assist with a deliberate and sensitive renovation of this Austin treasure.   Roessner designed this modest home with cl... More

Project • By brg3sHotels

Hotel Indigo

The Sterick North Building at 22 N. BB King Boulevard in Memphis opened to great fanfare in 1963. Located next door to the iconic Sterick Building, the location served as the first Holiday Inn in Downtown Memphis and was the first garage-hotel combination building in the country. However, the building's greater legacy lay in an engineering innovation used in its construction: It was one of the first practical applications of the 'Lin-Tee' structural beam. Engineer Tung-Yen Lin innovated the pressed concrete technique which allowed the use of a single structural beam to support the building's unusual layout. The bottom 7 floors of the building are parking garage with a three-story hotel perched on top, surrounding a central courtyard with a... More

Project • By CORE architecture + designResidential Landscape

South Cathedral Mansions

Collaborating with base building architect Square 134, CORE delivered a well-rounded mix of amenity spaces at South Cathedral Mansions: repurposing the cellar as a new fitness center and spa, converting a carriage house into a poolside entertaining space, and renovating the lobby. The project is part of a historic restoration to the apartment buildings to align the property with the expectations of today’s luxury rental market. Located in the rear of the building, the existing carriage house at South Cathedral Mansions presented the greatest opportunity to create a quiet oasis that links the North and South wings of the property. In collaboration with landscape architects, Moody Graham, CORE envisioned a grand indoor/outdoor living sp... More

Project • By Neumann Monson ArchitectsApartments

Fort Des Moines

The rehabilitation project at Fort Des Moines reinvigorates an abandoned National Historic Landmark site. Six decrepit historic structures, including four army barracks and two equestrian stables, have been restored according to the National Parks Service historic guidelines. In doing so, a new, robust, and walkable neighborhood for low-income families has been created. The rehabilitation also serves as a catalyst for future developments in the under-valued Blank Park Zoo neighborhood.Fort Des Moines was established in 1901 as a military base and training facility located on 640-acres of land. Throughout its history, Fort Des Moines was home to the nation’s first African-American officer training school during World War I, and the first Wom... More

Project • By brg3sCommunity Centres

Memphis Slim Collaboratory

Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman), the famed blues singer and pianist, drew attention for his punishing performing schedule and unorthodox lifestyle. Extreme poverty characterized much of his life, but also created a personality which was uncommonly resourceful. His life embodied the paradox of his music: A hard life and rough experiences were transformed into musical energy that is upbeat and full of life, the essence of triumph.The Collaboratory is meant to remind us of the everyday yet not be encumbered by it as we reach for the extraordinary. This reflects the paradox that is Memphis Slim’s life and music. His boyhood home was typical of many in the low-income neighborhood in which it is located. Like the others, it reflects the charact... More

Project • By Neumann Monson ArchitectsOffices

112 E. Washington

Through sensitive demolition and re-calibration, this small mixed-use project leverages a century-old commercial building’s capacity for re-use. The dynamic result enlivens an urban neighborhood by embracing its history, engaging the street, and fostering a vibrant tenant mix.At the sidewalk a glazed, black-anodized aluminum storefront insert supports the bulk of the masonry face above. The storefront’s carefully considered composition, emphatically modern, conforms to the upper façade’s historic proportions and bay rhythms. Its glass expanse gathers views into the naturally lit, warmly tactile interior. Throughout the renovation, a culling of framing and finishes highlights the building’s eccentric old masonry shell. Reset floor levels and... More

Project • By Collectif StudioladaLibraries

Restructuring of the Lunéville Multimedia Library

The project consists in the complete restructuring of the two existing levels of the Orangerie media library in Lunéville. The goal was to completely modify its layout in order to modernise it and allow exchanges and transversal practices between all the different protagonists. The challenge was also to “give back” the media library to the neighbourhood and the street, making it more open to the outside — a media library is, after all, a window onto the outside world. After removing the old extension forming the entrance, which completely distorted the primary volume of the building, we opened the facades in the continuity of the existing half-moons.These openings are set on the basement stones and give the staff and visitors of the me... More

Project • By Arconiko ArchitectsPrimary Schools

Primary School Kralingsche school Rotterdam

A School villa in KralingenThe Kralingsche School was designed in 1915 in a row of stately villas on the Rozenburg park. One hundred years later, it is still a coveted school for neighbourhood kids. But the school is outdated and asks a thorough renovation with more place for self-education.In the summer holidays of 2015 and 2016, both the outside and inside are renovated and the building got the necessary attention to rays.The building received air, light, and space by the new right-wing and remodeling the former gym to a playground. Now, this multipurpose room has a stage for festive occasions. In the new building are extra toilets, cloakrooms, a second indoor flight route, a team room with pantry, administration and a space for the remed... More