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New into Old awards

As the need for sustainable alternatives to building anew becomes increasingly urgent, the New into Old awards celebrate the creative ways buildings are adapted and remodelled to welcome new contemporary uses. Launched in 2017, the awards recognise the imaginative appropriation of existing structures, from innovative insertions to ambitious adaptations

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AR New into Old awards 2019: winners announcedSubscription

The winner of the 2019 AR New into Old awards, alongside two Highly Commended and three Commended buildings, for sustainable alternatives to building anew have been revealed

2019 New into Old Winner

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Circle of life: Flores & Prats’ Sala Beckett theatre in Barcelona Subscription

By Rafael Gómez-Moriana

New into Old 2019 Winner: the refurbishment of Flores & Prats’ Sala Beckett in Barcelona keeps the exterior true to its 1920s composition but substantially reconfigures the interior

Highly commended

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Musical theatre: Nevill Holt Opera House, UK by Witherford Watson MannSubscription


New into Old 2019 Highly Commended: delicately nestled in an old stable yard, Witherford Watson Mann’s Nevill Holt Opera transforms an ordinary stone room into an exceptional house for music

Highly commended

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Breathing new life: Tulou tower and plug-in, Lantian village, China by Rural Urban Framework + University of Hong KongSubscription

By Jaime Chu

New into Old 2019 Highly Commended: with their tulou renovation projects, Rural Urban Framework alongside students at the University of Hong Kong are transforming ideas about urbanising the rural


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Setting the record straight: Galería OMR in Mexico City by Max von Werz, Mateo Riestra and José Arnaud-BelloSubscription

By Juan Carlos Cano

New into Old 2019 Commended: Deploying a light-touch approach, three young architects have revamped the Sala Margolin in Mexico City into the new Galería OMR


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Through the grapevine: Estació Enològica in Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain by Aulets Arquitectes Subscription


New into Old 2019 Commended: Aulets’ transformation of the Estació Enològica in Felanitx, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, sets the foundations in rekindling the region’s wine industry


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Treetop retreat: Young Professors' Club, Zhejiang, China by the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University (UAD)Subscription

By Lauren Teixeira

New into Old 2019 Commended: In an era of rampant development in China, UAD’s repurposing of a charming old school for corporate breaks on a hillside in Zhejiang is predicated on minimal intervention

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