A new life: Transformation of vacant office buildings into housing

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Office buildings are experiencing vacancy. This leads to financial problems for the owners and social problems for the community, e.g. vandalism and deterioration. A solution may be found in transformation of vacant buildings and changing the buildings’ program. In the Dutch situation, housing is a valid function, given the tight market. Housing traditionally correlates well to other functions of the city core, such as culture and leisure. Most well-known examples of transformation consider buildings with a proven architectural quality, while vacancy-threatened buildings are often part of the non-eloquent building stock. Does transformation make sense in that case? What are the opportunities, threats and risks? Which are the critical success factors? In this contribution we will discuss financial, functional, structural, technical and architectonic issues and the impact on the urban context, both theoretically and empirically by presenting a number of interesting cases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Trondheim inernational sympsoium
EditorsTore I. Haugen, Anita Moum, Jan Brochner
Place of PublicationTrondheim
PublisherNTNU, Fac. of Architecture and Fine Art
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)8275510317
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventProceedings Trondheim Intern.Symposium - Trondheim
Duration: 12 Jun 200614 Jun 2006


ConferenceProceedings Trondheim Intern.Symposium

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  • transformation
  • vacancy
  • offices
  • housing

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