en.er.gize : adaptive reuse of an existing building
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2329
The research project investigates the sustainable adaptive reuse strategies to re-energize existing buildings as an alternative to demolition and replacement. Giving existing buildings a new life helps keep a trace of our cultural heritage and history. The significance of this project lays in the future characteristic of the city. As our population further increases with land use intensifying, existing buildings play an essential role for society in conserving our historic resources. While existing buildings contribute to the character of our community and our own personal memories, they also contain large amounts of embodied energy. Buildings located in a popular development zone and have outlived a specific purpose are usually demolished. This action is brutal and wipes the site clean of any associated history. There lies an opportunity to explore solutions that can be more adaptable and sustainable for the future. The project explores how adaptive reuse and sustainability strategies can be applied to a unique Ahuriri site that was developed in the years following the Napier 1931 earthquake. The project not only explores the energising of the existing site, but how the surrounding areas connections can be improved in Ahuriri, making the site more valuable to the community. There needs to be a shift in our thinking of how we deal with existing buildings and sites in our architecture. How we can integrate this towards our approach of design and the potential this existing fabric we inherit holds for us as designers and fellow users of the world is vital. The challenge lies not only in how we adaptively reuse buildings, but how we re-energize them that is sustainable to meet modern day requirements. This research project aims to raise awareness and the potential of adaptive reuse as a more socially responsible alternative to demolition and replacement. This analysis will help demonstrate and develop a sustainable design solution that can assist the knowledge of others; to re-energize the potential existing buildings hold in our world. SITE: 72 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier.