By Christian Schittich

Unconventional ideas for reusing current constructions an issue that is turning into more and more well known because of its comparatively cheap and ecological benefits, let alone the architectural and cultural factors.

A disused strength station is switched over right into a cultural centre, an outdated barn is made right into a residential condominium. throughout us we come across constructions whose unique function has rendered them out of date, and which now provide house for brand spanking new makes use of. inventive principles provide upward thrust to inspiring initiatives which call for unconventional innovations and a delicate method of the present constructions. the development and construction standards confronting the architect are as diversified and person because the structures themselves.

This booklet examines quite a lot of discovered examples, highlighting winning and leading edge options, from the rehabilitation of preserved monuments, to the maintenance or renewal of current structures, from the reuse of a gothic monastery or the previous business constructions of Fiat Lingotto to the maintenance of buildings made up of precast concrete panels.

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4 The shed glazing with single wire glass panes was also left unchanged, although the internal horizontal light skylight was restored with insulated glass. The completion At the time when the employment office was built, plaster, paint and wallpaper, terrazzo, screed or xylolite floors were already being industrially manufactured and then installed on site; machines were commonly used for these processes. Among the products, which characterized the completion of the employment office, were the windows with the typified casements and fittings, as well as the terrazzo and xylolite floor coverings, which alternated with wood floors in the interior.

Cranes, conveyer belts and spray- or injection rendering machines began to dominate the scene on the building site. As the building tasks and building processes underwent an evolution in the first half of the 20th century, the training and professional profile of architects and engineers also changed. Specialization became more common. By the end of the 1920s it was already common practice that structural engineers collaborated as essential partners with architects in planning not only engineered structures, but all construction: load-bearing structures of great span width or great height, optimized both in terms of material and systems, could only be realized with verifiable structural calculations and tests, including the structural joining compounds.

However, when the lighting is set accordingly, visitors can still experience in the corridors how low the interior lighting was seventy years ago. Endangered and destroyed buildings After 1933, the National Socialists had issued a demolition order for the employment office in Dessau designed by Walter Gropius. In the end, the building was rescued by the chaos of war and the building shortage in the city. Despite poor maintenance, more than 90 per cent of the original substance remains intact. Today, the building is once again home to a public office, the road traffic authorities of Dessau.

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