Transformed: 9 amazing re-imagined buildings


By Julian Ridgway

1. Musee d'orsay

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Once a railway station, Paris' Musee D'Orsay re-opened as an art gallery in 1986.

2. Pratt street power plant

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Pratt Street Power Plant in Baltimore stopped generating electricity in 1973 but was gradually redeveloped as a massive retail space in the 1990s.

3. Malmaison hotel

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Oxford's Malmaison hotel has been the city jail and a castle.

4. google campus

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Part of Google's huge Mountain View campus is sited in a converted shopping mall.

5. Selexyz dominicanen bookshop

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The Selexyz Dominicanen Bookshop in Maastricht, Netherlands, sits in the Gothic grandeur of a 13th century Dominican church.

6. Petco park

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The Western Metal Supply Co. building, was scheduled for demolition to make way for Petco Park ballpark in San Diego but was saved and incorporated into the design.

7. Tate modern art gallery

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In 2000 the former Bankside power station in London re-opened as the Tate Modern art gallery, dominated by its enormous former turbine hall.

8. wythe hotel

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Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn used to be a factory, originally constructed in 1901.

9. Kings cross area

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As part of the total redevelopment of London's Kings Cross area, the old Victorian gas holders have been filled with apartment blocks.


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