Australian Adaptive Reuse


Adaptive reuse is the recycling of old buildings, which are then taken to form the basis of new structures. In the 1970s there was a move toward destroying all that was old-fashioned and inhibiting. During this time Australia lost a lot of its heritage buildings. During the 1980s Australia’s historical affinity was resurged and buildings were quickly listed for heritage value before they were lost to development endeavour.

Qualities –

Ethical reconstruction through recycling

Economic advantage due to the use of existing materials

Environmental sustainability

Maintains the historical context of a building relative to its community