Thanks to a growing number of philanthropists, designers and everyday people, once impressive buildings are being restored and given a new lease of life. Here we discover 11 buildings that inspire us to rescue that forgotten barn, windmill, church or warehouse.
All around the world, there are grand buildings, houses and structures falling into disrepair. But thanks to a growing number of philanthropists, designers and everyday people, some of these once impressive buildings are being rescued and restored to their former glory, or re-imagined and given a whole new lease of life.
Inspired by My Dream Derelict Home on LifeStyle HOME, we explore 11 buildings that inspire us to recue that forgotten barn, windmill, church or warehouse.
1. This public art project between American artist Mathew Mazzotta and The Coleman Centre For The Arts have lovingly transformed this derelict property into a free, open-air theatre in Alabama. Arising from a need for more public spaces, and a solution to the high number of abandoned buildings in the town, the structure was cleverly reconstructed so the roof and walls fold down to seat 100 people.
2. Zecc Architechten has transformed this old church into a chic modern home. While it’s furnished with modern conveniences, the design honours its original aesthetic with high ceilings, stained glass windows, a preserved organ and a large cross above the entrance.
5. It’s hard to believe this incredible family home in the small coastal town of Villeranche sur Mer on the French Riviera was once a water cleaning station built in 1910. With a long and rich history and plenty of stories to tell, the 5400 square food residence now has three bedrooms and bathrooms, a five-car garage and heated swimming pool.
9. This house built in the 1700s was in ruins until it was salvaged by its current owners. Given a new lease of life and a contemporary upgrade, the existing stone walls are interposed with sleek glass, and sympathetic extensions in what can only be described as an architectural feat.
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