The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – giving the port’s 500 staff a central location to work from.

Architects today focus on reducing, reusing and recycling as much material as possible. What is particularly striking is how the architects and design teams on these projects no longer feel the need to always start from a clean slate. Landmark structures are being built over existing structures, research teams are looking for new ways to work with existing materials.

This approach of working with existing materials, these innovations, is what is facilitating the high speed of change in our industry today.

Today, business experts believe technology, standardisation and integration of different aspects of our business has crunched the time from ‘idea to execution’ like never before.

Hence it is important that as companies, as consultants, we understand and own change, find ways to collaborate, to develop new partnerships and shift gears to move at the new pace of progress.

Reviewing projects that are globally acclaimed enables us as a community to better understand what we can achieve in our individual spaces. We hope this issue inspires you to more innovative, experimental thinking for your projects in the year ahead!

If you don’t disrupt your business, someone else will do it for you.

~ Capgemini

Clients and architects the world over are looking at ways to work with existing structures: building above them, around them, finding ways to strengthen the old facades and bring new meaning to old spaces. This means working with older material, within old layouts, finding ways to give a new lease of life to buildings. New technology and design tools are enabling the design teams today to use traditional materials to create new facades and profiles.

60 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto is a brick warehouse refurbished into office, retail and recreation spaces

Chi She, a Shanghai art gallery, has been robotically built with a bulge, with Chinese grey green bricks.