Transforming Old Buildings

Themes

Many of our projects have transformed old buildings for new futures. Sometimes these projects are catalysts in their communities and are a part of a larger renewal strategy. In other cases, in transforming old buildings for new uses, we give “presence” to the past to reinforce the enduring values of the institutions with which we work.



We find terms like restoration, renovation, and adaptive reuse to be insufficiently expressive in describing our work. Our projects may be reverent or irreverent. Our design approach to existing buildings preserves the past by contrast, not mimicry—through the successful juxtaposition of old and new.

“Transforming an old structure into something entirely new, a place that no one ever imagined, is one of the most exciting things we do.”
—Terrence Schroeder, Partner
We take apart old buildings to reveal their underlying logic and to create new spatial and programmatic possibilities. Rethinking buildings from first principles… from the inside-out, and putting them back together, offers countless possibilities to create the spaces of contemporary life.

To reuse old buildings is both profound and optimistic: an act of faith that inherently-sustainable design strategies lead to better cities and better buildings.

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220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.

Elegant. Inventive. Modern. Life enriching. True to place.
220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.