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Adaptive Re-use

The practice has extensive experience in adaptive intervention - giving vibrant and sustainable life to historic buildings.  In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, we restored The Iron Market, a late 19th-century iron structure prefabricated in France which suffered extensive damage in the fire of 2008 and the devastating 2010 earthquake.  The practice led a multi-disciplinary team, including local artisans, to preserve and repair key details, using original materials wherever possible.  Now in daily use, the market is the cornerstone of the city's redevelopment strategy.

The transformation of King's Cross Station for Network Rail was a complex, multi-phased project.  The Train Shed and Range buildings were adapted and re-used, the station's previously obscured Grade I listed facade was meticulously restored, and the expressive Western Concourse has become the 'beating heart' of the revitalised station.  Photovoltaic cells along the double 'spine' of the Train Sheds produce 8% of the station's energy requirements.

The Stanislavsky Factory won the first RIBA Award ever given to a project in Russia.  The scheme sets a new benchmark for innovative, adaptive re-use of historic buildings in Moscow, linking refurbished historic elements and new interventions.  This mixed-use project consists of 13 buildings including 30,000 sqm of office space and 60 luxury apartments, as well as a hotel and restaurant.  The scheme is a model of sustainability - passive, well designed buildings maximise natural daylight whilst minimising solar gain through landscape, brise soleils and orientation. The practice’s sustainable redevelopment of the 4 ha Bolshevik Factory site – including the first buildings in Moscow to use electric lights – is now nearing completion, involving the imaginative repair and reconfiguration of listed buildings dating from the late 19th century. The 50,000 sqm redevelopment is a successful fusion of working, living and cultural uses.

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