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AR New into Old awards

The AR has long championed creative re-use, and the subject has become of significant new interest because of the carbon implications of retrofit rather than replacement. This award celebrates the successful adaptation of original architecture to contemporary functions as well as the varied remodelling strategies, such as innovative insertions, that make imaginative re-use possible.

2017 Winner


Opening statement: Yapı Kredi Culture Centre in Istanbul, Turkey by TegetSubscription

By George Kafka

AR New into Old Winner: Teget’s transformation of a bland bank building into the Yapı Kredi Culture Centre is an experimental cultural provocation 

Highly commended

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Industrial strength: Galleries and youth hostel, iD Town, Shenzhen, China by O-officeSubscription

By Juan Du

AR New into Old Highly Commended: Through interventions across a vast disused factory site, O-office have crafted a community of galleries, café and youth hostel

Highly commended

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Market share: Malmö Saluhall, Sweden by WingårdhsSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

AR New into Old Highly Commended: Wingårdhs’ conversion and extension of a train depot into a bustling food market sets a precedent for the transformation of Malmö’s industrial docks


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War of the worlds: Port House headquarters, Antwerp, Belgium by ZHASubscription

By Christophe Van Gerrewey

AR New into Old Commended: Rearing its woozy head above Antwerp’s sober Port House, the multifaceted extension by ZHA makes a clean break with the past


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Refabricating de Stijl: De Ploeg factory, Bergeijk, the Netherlands by diederendirrixSubscription


AR New into Old Commended: Diederendirrix have recreated Gerrit Rietveld’s De Ploeg weaving mill in Bergeijk using updated materials and technologies


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Fruit of the loom: The Loom, London, UK by Duggan Morris ArchitectsSubscription

By Jay Merrick

AR New into Old Commended: Duggan Morris have replaced grim PoMo added to a Victorian warehouse in London’s Whitechapel with a refined material language

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