Adaptive Reuse

Atelier Ten collaboratively works with design teams to reshape existing buildings into enhanced structures that address the ever-evolving complications of tackling climate change. We find it to our utmost responsibility that these buildings not only positively evolve in use to better serve their surrounding communities, but also not waste energy or resources.

Together with our architectural colleague Deborah Berke Partners, we are sharing this thought-provoking paper that speaks to extending the life of existing buildings and the substantive impact that improvements to their performance can have on tackling climate change. We describe how reimagined buildings—altered in form, purpose, and posture—can better respond to the ideals of the communities they serve. Adapting buildings for new futures and involving a nuanced dialogue between the past and present can result in richly layered spaces that are more engaging and deliberately accessible.

Read our thoughts below.