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Conversions: 1948 handset factory into workspace

Designed by HOK, the three-story, 183,000-sq.-ft. @4240 building—originally constructed in 1948 as a telephone handset factory—provides flexible tenant solutions, including customized labs for both large- and small-molecule research; dry labs for electronic, medical device, or software research; and modern office space. While preserving and highlighting the masonry structure’s historic character, the building was retrofitted with […] Read more

Conversions: fire station into a cultural centre in Kortrijk, Belgium

Belgian firm Urbain Architectencollectief has refurbished a former brick fire station building and added an extra storey to house additional facilities for a cultural centre in the city of Kortrijk. The extension to the Cultural Center de Neerbeek forms part of a masterplan developed by Ghent studio Urbain Architectencollectief in 2009 to increase the town’s […] Read more

Cool offices and conversions: foundry into offices in Salzburg, Austria

Area has developed a new office design for, a leading digital agency located in Salzburg, Austria. With its 60-person creative team, its mission is to create digital experiences for the internet. To fulfill this purpose, it is not only important to have an excellent team but also to have a workspace that facilitates creativity and allows […] Read more

Conversions: factory into studio

Unused factories and warehouses have proven to be a preferred architectural type for creatives’ studios through their spatial openness and blank canvas / easy-to-retrofit nature. As an example of this post-industrial development, Japanese artist Hiroko Takahashi has recently moved into an old steel building in Tokyo’s Oshiage area (near the city’s landmark ‘Skytree’ structure), with […] Read more

Conversions: abandoned concrete structure into classroom

The Guarderia Ecologica La Mina (GELM) in Corozal, Puerto Rico, is a campus containing several decrepit concrete structures left 20 years in abandon. Upon the school’s need for additional classroom spaces, the board commissioned local practice Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos to take the existing concrete mass and convert it into a functional and architecturally distinct annex. […] Read more

Conversions: 1920s telecommunication building into office space in Moscow, Russia

The top floor of this former Soviet telecommunications building in the centre of Moscow has been converted by studio Archiproba into an open plan office for a technology company. Called DI Telegraph, the new flexible space occupies the upper floor of the 1927 Central Telegraph building designed by Soviet architect and engineer Ivan Ivanovich Rerberg. The corner […] Read more

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