Adaptive reuse refers to repurposing a space for something other than its original design. This is frequently seen in urban areas where charter schools often repurpose defunct shopping centers for schools. The charter school comes to where the students are and saves money by not building a school from the ground up. There are many other examples of adaptive reuse spread across the United States.
The luxury Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas was once a brewery built in 1884. The brewery bottled beer (and juice during Prohibition) until 2001 when it finally shut down. Thanks to a local investment firm with vision and some excellent architectural planning services, the building was repurposed into a unique 146-room hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Many details of the original space can still be seen by visitors and guests including a giant ammonia compressor in the lobby and fermenting …Continue reading