Conversion as a necessary recycling of buildings and public space
The word “conversion” could be used in many branches of human activities. We can find conversion within the meaning of religion, in information sciences, law and still more often also in architecture.
The factor as a time, civilization development and its needs are playing the leading role in conversion process. In terms of world economy it means a transformation from extraction and production of raw material, through industry production, to providing services and development in education.
In other words, that means duly appreciation or even rediscovery of the old buildings meanings, which were written-off their former purpose. It is logical, that the places, where the buildings were constructed in history, would be a valuable location even today. Usually it concerns former industry buildings, which provide a plenty of space not only in physical meaning, but also in creative meaning for the architect work.
We can find famous and successful projects abroad but also in Czech republic. The implementations of the conversions gain different purposes. That can be:
· Sports buildings (conversion of industry pavilion into football stadium in Portugal, studio COMOCO architects: Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Susana Constantino)
· Art buildings (conversion of gasholder into multifunction aula Gong in Ostrava, Czech republic, architect: Josef Pleskot; conversion of power station to Museum of modern art – Tate Modern Gallery in London, studio Herzog and de Meuron)
· Residental and office spaces (conversion of Mill in Prague-Nusle into residental space, architect Albert di Stefano; conversion of gothic church into a HotelKruisheren in Maastricht, the Netherlands, studio Satijnplus architecten)
· Shopping centres (conversion of old factory to shopping center Vaňkovka in Brno, Czech republic, architects: Petr Hrůša, Petr Pelčák)
· Breweries, etc.
The studio of Adam Rujbr Architects is very familiar with the process of conversion. They participate on several projects of this type. They use the principle of conversion in reconstruction in Humpolec. This is an example of renovation of former canteen. This place will be used by Belgic confectionery factory Levimo. Another plan is the intention of reconstruction of old boiler house into new showroom of Mercedes.
One of the finished successful projects is reconstruction of former laundry in city center of Brno into design modern mini apartment called Living Showroom (for more information, please visit our website www.livingshowroom.cz).
It is necessary to note that the implementation of these projects also has its limitations, especially in respect of the surrounding area and the historical context of the building. You can also run into legislative and legal regulations (eg in the form of a listed building).
The main message of conversion in architecture should be recycling facility and reincarnation of buildings in the public space.
21. 8. 2013, 11:35:00