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40 Times Architects Repurposed Old Buildings And Gave Them A New Life

Published 2 years ago

Like many other things, buildings also tend to wear down over time. But just because a building is old doesn’t necessarily mean it should be demolished. On the contrary – some architects and interior designers see old factories, churches, and even clock towers as perfect canvases for unique and non-traditional living spaces.

Today we have a collection of derelict old buildings that were given a second life by architects who were not afraid of a challenge. Churches turned into breweries, jails turned into hotels, and even malls turned into colleges – check out all the times people repurposed old buildings in the gallery below!

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#1 Old Clock Tower Transformed Into A Penthouse

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#2 Architect Turns Old WWII Era Cement Factory Into His Home

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#3 Hotel I Stayed At Was Formerly A Train Station And Had An Actual Train Inside It, With Rooms Inside Each Car

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#4 The Building Used For The Swimming Events At The 2008 Summer Olympics In Beijing Was Transformed Into This Dope-Looking Waterpark

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#5 My Friend’s Living Room In Brooklyn, NY. The Apartment Is Built Inside An Old Church

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#6 This Former Theatre In Buenos Aires Transformed Into A Bookstore

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#7 Church Repurposed Into Dominicanen Bookstore In Maastricht, Netherlands Is Now In The Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores Worldwide

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#8 A 100-Year-Old Church In Spain Converted Into A Skatepark

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#9 The Liberty Hotel In Boston Which Was Formerly The Charles St Jail

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#10 Waterpark “Tropical Islands” In A Former Airship Hangar In Krausnick, Germany

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#11 The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

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#12 The Tallest Indoor Climbing Wall Is Inside Of A Repurposed Grain Silo

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#13 Some Lucky Bastard Gets To Live In This Church

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#14 My College Used To Be A Shopping Mall

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#15 Old Rusty Ship Turned Into Stunning Building With Trees And Plants

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#16 My Apartment Building Used To Be A School

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#17 Revitalized One Of The Last Remaining Art Nouveau Brewhouses As A Bar, In The Middle Of Fürth Südstadt

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#18 My House Used To Be A Police Station And My Bathroom Is An Old Jail Cell, The Original Window Is Still In Place

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#19 Former Power Station Converted Into An Industrial Cafe And Restaurant With Exposed Brickwork And Abundant Planting In Melbourne, Australia

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#20 This Hotel Used To Be A Brewery

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#21 What Used To Be An Abandoned Church Is Now One Of The Most Powerful Supercomputing Centers In The World

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#22 Swimming Pool In Old Church: Netherne, Surrey

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#23 FBI Former NYC Headquarters Is Now A Target But They Kept This Safe

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#24 My Hotel In Oxford, England Is A Former Prison

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#25 Court Room That’s Now A Cafe. Cells Are The Toilets. St. Albans, England

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#26 This Starbucks Drive-Thru In An Old Car Wash

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#27 Jail Turned Into Events Space In Melbourne, Australia

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#28 My House Is A 20,000 Sq Ft 1926 Former Freemason Temple That We Have Been Renovating By Ourselves While Living Inside For The Past 2.5 Years

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#29 My School’s Library Used To Be A Bank

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#30 Ottawa’s Jail Hostel, Each Cell Converted To A Two-Person Hostel Room

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#31 Church Turned Into A Trampoline Park. The Hague, Netherlands

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#32 My Hotel Room Used To Be A Chapel

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#33 This Thrift Store Used To Be A Bowling Alley

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#34 My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original But Painted Cell Doors

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#35 This Old Pool Converted Into Apartments

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#36 Former Chruch, Now Home To The Dutch Brewer, Jopen

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#37 My Apartment Used To Be A YMCA

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#38 This Satellite Lab Used To Be A McDonald’s

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#39 This Grocery Store Used To Be A Hockey Stadium

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#40 My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

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