Who said that the best ideas of design and architecture always give life to new projects, ultra-modern and avant-garde buildings? The tendency to recycle, reuse, and re-adapt old and disused objects is also a reality for buildings that have now had their day and are not as “fresh” as before.
So buildings, structures, and even old means of transportation, with a good dose of creativity and imagination, can find new life and be transformed into something else. Would you think that a plane could accommodate a fast food restaurant? Or that an old church could become a unique sports center with a swimming pool? If you think that’s impossible, you haven’t yet seen the photos we have gathered below: marvel at these old buildings that have had a second youth!
#1. When an old industrial laundry becomes a trendy bar
#2. The sports hall where I go was built in the premises of an old church: the swimming pool is on the nave; confessionals are now saunas
#3. A former cookie factory in my hometown has been turned into an apartment complex!
#4. This very original hotel was once a brasserie
#5. In Indianapolis, where a disused stadium once stood, there is now a modern apartment complex
#6. The safe of a former bank is now the warehouse of a shoe store
#7. If this house reminds you of an old train station, you are right: it has been transformed into a beautiful house!
#8. This building in Hortusbrug, the Netherlands, once housed the keeper of the bridge: today it is a very special apartment for rent
#9. Would you have thought that you would find a fast food restaurant … inside an old airplane?
#10. This former gas station is now a restaurant with shaded tables under the carport!
#11. The living room of my friend’s apartment in Brooklyn, built inside an old church: spectacular!
#12. It’s not really a building, but it’s still fascinating: “last stop, Kebab”
#13. An original McDonald’s: this one is built where there used to be funeral homes, and it shows!
#14. These gasometers in Vienna have been transformed into multipurpose buildings housing restaurants, cinemas and other commercial activities.
#15. A water tower dating from the Soviet period in Lithuania has become a place for climbing!
#16. Former synagogue or bookstore? Both !
#17. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in the shelves of a library like this? It is located in Holland, and was made in the premises of a 15th century church!
#18. The premises of this former Italian oil mill now house a fascinating house.
Have you ever seen such an original redevelopment of places?