Re-purposed buildings are not a new trend. For centuries, retailers, restaurateurs and business owners of all kinds have found ways to fit their concepts into unconventional spaces. However, as trends have evolved, there has been a boom in restoring old and unused spaces into fresh, vibrant locations again.
Today we look at some of the most creative redesign concepts to see what can be done with spaces that most would think of as inhospitable.
Recently, retailers are adding an identity and theme to their stores by re-purposing old buildings. Whether it is a hollowed out factory or even an abandoned firehouse, retailers are becoming eye-catching locations thanks to former eye sores.
— GreenFrontFurniture (@GreenFrontNews) December 21, 2017
Again, speaking of lost buildings…this #Medhat firehall was repurposed into a jewellry store in 2017. Before and after photos of Roset by Reid https://t.co/s1eGqWKEK2 and the writeup https://t.co/H8FQfKXzgW #MedicineHat pic.twitter.com/QmsLtEyzx9
— I am Tracy Hyatt (@iamtracyhyatt) March 30, 2018
When in #Montreal, a stunning overall Flagship must-see @birks – iconic building repurposed to include high-end hotel, restaurant and eye-popping jewellery https://t.co/Q6ALdHB9rx Bravo! #exciting #destination #Retail – photos & article via @RetailInsider_ pic.twitter.com/ia3oCa7Bii
— DJ Brisebois-RCC (@loveretail) June 13, 2018
Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional sit down experiences to grab and go food trucks. Naturally, the hospitality industry lends itself to re-purposed spaces of all kinds.
.@StrattonResort’s newest food destination. The fully stocked bar and restaurant lives in a repurposed #shippingcontainer with an outdoor seating area on top of the bar. #cargotecture #Sustainability pic.twitter.com/5XBv7j3Mzm
— TheBoxLabs (@theboxlabs) August 12, 2018
— Petroleum Service Co (@PSCOnlineStore) March 30, 2018
Visited our local church today which, instead of closing down, has been re-purposed to include the local museum, library and a restaurant. Love it!@PenPure1 @BrannanJulia @Vanilla627 @cbraunnj @annap905 @Annabella1709 @jwb1764 @taft_jenny @GraziaMgb616 @qpdollpink pic.twitter.com/fInjoxaKZG
— Roma Sars (@romasars) April 7, 2018
Churches are built with as defined a purpose as almost anything. However, that does not mean they cannot be redefined upon the years neglect. Whether it is for work or play, houses of worship can be used by sinners and saints alike.
Old church building re-purposed for skateboarding (Llanera, Spain). pic.twitter.com/eswxcaEc71
— Yung Likes (@elidot) September 8, 2017
— I heart PGH (@iheartpgh) September 5, 2015
Modern companies are continuing to seek out new office spaces to separate themselves from typical mundane cubicle-laden floor plans.
1800's industrial brewing facility repurposed as a design firm office space in Portland, OR pic.twitter.com/0y4Oe36M1s
— Spaces (@moodspaces) February 16, 2018
— Office Furniture NOW (@GreenCubicles) June 12, 2017
— Interactive Space (@OfficeRelocate) March 31, 2017