Examples of Successful Adaptive Reuse

Hilde RemØy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chapter 7 describes 15 Dutch case studies of ex post office buildings that were converted into housing. First, each case study is described, before the success and failure factors of the different cases are analysed and compared to each other in a cross-case analysis. Based on the comparison of success and failure factors, the risks and opportunities of adaptive reuse projects are explained. Following, this chapter develops a checklist for opportunities and risks of adaptive reuse projects. Finally, the lessons learnt from the cross-case analysis show how opportunities and risks of conversion are closely related to the physical property characteristics. Finally, the adaptive reuse potential of common office types is described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-making
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781118477151
ISBN (Print)9781118477106
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014


  • Adaptation
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Case studies
  • Office conversions
  • Risk
  • The Netherlands


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