An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about rehabilitation

Project • By Cascadia Windows & DoorsSocial Housing

Ken Soble Tower EnerPHit

The renovated Ken Soble Tower in Hamilton, Ontario, has officially received its EnerPHit certification, becoming the world’s largest residential building retrofitted to the Passive House standard. Also recognized as the first retrofit of its kind in North America—and Hamilton’s first Passive House tower—the 18-story building features fiberglass frame windows from industry-leading, Canadian manufacturer, Cascadia Windows & Doors. “The Ken Soble Tower is an incredible project,” says Mike Battistel, president of Cascadia Windows & Doors. “It demonstrates how existing tower buildings can be upgraded to high-performance levels.” Caption Part of the CityHousing Hamilton Corporation&rs... More

Project • By A+ArchitectureHotels

Margaret Hôtel Chouleur ****

Located in the heart of the historic center, the Margaret Hotel Chouleur is an emblematic place of Nîmes heritage. Classified as an historical monument since 2004, the origin of this private mansion is said to be medieval, even if its current appearance dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Eliophot Adrien Guitard Under the impetus of Allegrini Social Club, the new owner and manager, the 4-star hotel has been completely renovated and redecorated by A+Architecture and Nathalie d’Artigues, in order to restore the place’s letters of nobility. Adrien Guitard Adrien Guitard A unique atmosphere, made up of warm colors, a diversity of materials and a wealth of textures, intertwines modern and old styles... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersChurches

National Presbyterian Church Addition & Renovation

Following BBB’s 2016 Master Plan for the National Presbyterian Church, the project is the first major alteration since the completion of the building, designed by Harold E. Wagoner, in 1967. The Church is listed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites. BBB designed two additions which expand the Main Church building; in the first, new meeting rooms clad in salvaged limestone with large glass entrances open onto the new outdoor terrace and an expanded roof terrace above, overlooking an existing garden. A second addition of a new rear entry seamlessly integrates with the historic fabric and welcomes visitors and members into the heart of the Church campus, with two new elevators serving all three levels of the Church. Within the main Chu... More

Project • By Fisher Heck ArchitectsOffices

Dry Goods Building

Originally constructed in 1915 and later expanded in 1949, the former Kress Department Store resides in the heart of downtown San Antonio as a contributing structure to the Main & Military Plaza Historic District. Prior to this project, the building had become a shell of its former self, and a stain on a community that is currently on the rise, thanks to private and public investment. Dror Baldinger One of the primary goals of the project was to restore the exterior of facades of the building to their original 1915 character by installing new clerestory windows above the ground floor retail tenant spaces, while also enlarged the storefront glazing area of these spaces as depicted in historical photographs. Dror Baldinger A n... More

Project • By Fisher Heck ArchitectsBars

Witte Building

Built in 1894, this historic property is situated on a "corner" riverwalk lot near Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio. The building had previously been a chinese restaurant, but recently, the building had fallen into major disrepair after numerous remodels over the years that left the building a shell of its former self. Dror Baldinger Fisher Heck was hired as a consultant to Douglas Architects, to help rehabilitate the exterior of the building as a larger effort to fully renovate the entire building into a mixed-use dwelling in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Caption More

Project • By ERRE arquitecturaApartments

Residential Building AC33

The residential building AC33 is located at the heart of the Mediterranean city of Valencia. This residential project consists of the construction of new dwellings, as well as an interior garden, garage and commercial premises, with the uniqueness of having to maintain and rehabilitate the facade of the original building built in 1921. David Frutos It is, therefore, a project that has supposed an improvement of the historical and artistic heritage of the city of Valencia. A project in which one of the most important aspects has been giving continuity to what was already happening in the neighbourhood and its memory, reformulating the everyday life from a contemporaneity and a sustainability point of view. In short, an architecture cap... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersRestaurants

Planet Word

Planet Word features three floors of interactive galleries and exhibits to engage visitors of all ages in experiencing words and language from a wide range of perspectives. BBB oversaw the preservation and rehabilitation of the Renaissance Revival building designed by Adolf Cluss, which is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1869 as the cornerstone of a comprehensive system of segregated education for the city of Washington, the school was chosen to house Planet Word for its rich history in public education and historic connection to the museum's mission. It was here that Alexander Graham Bell made the first wireless transmission of the human voice — words — using a Photophone, a precursor to fiber-optic techno... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersLibraries

Harvard Undergraduate House Renewal Winthrop House

Winthrop House, comprised of two Neo-Georgian former freshman dormitory buildings from 1913, had undergone few upgrades since its construction. The renewal program re-envisioned Winthrop’s residential, academic, social, and co-curricular spaces and addresses technical challenges, including significant envelope upgrades, the installation of all-new mechanical systems, and detailed restoration work for the House’s signature public spaces. Amidst the sensitive context of Harvard’s River Houses, BBB also designed Robert M. Beren Hall, a distinctive 41-bed addition that includes shared amenities for undergraduates. Working with the House Renewal Project Management Office, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Faculty Deans, and s... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersRestaurants

Capitol Crossing

BBB led the restoration and expansion of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, as well as the restoration and relocation of the historic Adas Israel Synagogue. The projects were coordinated with and integral aspects to the construction of Capitol Crossing, Property Group Partners’ transformative 2.2 million SF mixed-use development comprised of five new buildings in downtown Washington. Caption   Capitol Crossing closes a three-block-long gash in the city’s urban core created by the construction of I-395 in 1969. Built on a 7-acre highway-spanning platform, the development has re-opened a major east-west corridor, reconnected downtown pedestrian destinations, and helped to restore Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 master pla... More

Project • By MecanooLibraries

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

SNFL is a new-generation library for all New Yorkers, with special facilities for young users, adult learning, and business. It offers the perfect contemporary complement to NYPL’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (SASB), located across Fifth Avenue from SNFL. SASB opened in 1911, designed by architects Carrère & Hastings in a glorious Beaux-Art style, and receives over 1.7 million visits a year as the mothership of NYPL’s reference collections. New features at SNFL reflect this harmony between the buildings: long tables that recall the impressive scale of those in SASB’s Rose Main Reading Room, ceiling artwork in the Long Room that echoes the neo-classical paintings set in SASB’s ceilings, and... More

Project • By TWA HotelHotels

TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport

Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City is among the most significant examples of mid-century modern architecture in the world. The landmark was shuttered for nearly 20 years after the airlines went out of business in 2001, but was later protected in 2005 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Eventually, the terminal was saved when MCR and MORSE Development won the bid to turn the historic landmark into a hotel for the 21st century, which eventually opened in May 2019.  The historic Flight Center underwent a total restoration by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, LLP; the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Preservatio... More

Project • By Parc architectesConcert Halls

Rehabiliation of the Conservatory of Versailles

To rehabilitate the auditorium of the Regional Conservatorium of Musicof Versailles, which has become dilapidated and restore it to the prestigeit deserves, the project consisted in adding new spaces to the existingvolume and giving the feeling that they are larger than they do not appearthere. UP THE ROOM FLOORThe major operation of the project was to raise the floor of the room by70cm so that it was accessible without steps. This makes the basementfully usable in order to install additional rehearsal studios. The clear heightalso makes it possible to achieve a very effective acoustic insulationbetween levels. The room has about 243 seats distributed between thefloor and the balcony. The conservatory now includes 7 rehearsal studios,a roo... More

Project • By Contell-Martínez ArquitectosCultural Centres


The Project aims to transform an old railway warehouse into a cultural facility within the new Valencia’s Central Park which nowadays covers the old railway tracks of the main city station. The shed was built in 1917 by Demetrio Ribes and it is a valuable example within the railway architecture of Valencia.    The design allows maximum flexibility of use so different activities can happen simultaneously while respecting the industrial character of the building.   The shed is divided into five bays, which will geometrically guide the project. This structural rhythm, as well as the possibility of developing two levels in height, are fundamental for the proposal.   The building has two entries. The front one, fo... More

NewsNews • 10 Jul 2020

Alicante house renovation presents a uniquely linear design concept

In Alicante, this project sees the rehabilitation of a 150-year-old house on a strongly linear site with an existing alfafa. The driving concept from World Of Holistic Architecture is to shelter and close off the house from the road, while opening the other side of the house up to the plantation, generating a strong permeability from inside to outside. Credit: David Frutos To achieve the desired permeability, the house was divided into three strips. The first strip is existing and houses the bedroom and kitchen uses. Credit: David Frutos The second, central strip connects the house with a 160-meter deep garden. To do this, existing load-bearing walls are broken up, and beams replaced. The living area, barbeque, and porch ar... More

Project • By Jofre Roca arquitectesShops

Carner Barcelona Perfumery

In the center of the city and the Eixample District, on the commercial axis of Paseo de Gracia, the new corporate headquarters of Carner Barcelona is designed. A local brand of exquisite, intense and innovative perfumes in Barcelona.    It is located in a building that preserves its original and typical construction elements of the Catalan architecture. The sobriety and authenticity of the designed spaces allow the values and philosophy of the brand to emerge. It is contextualized in the Mediterranean and local crafts. Likewise, the resulting homogeneous white color makes the product stand out. The strategies are focus in the search of a timeless project that links tradition with cosmopolitan contemporaneity, which tunes with th... More