ROUND UP: As the trend to refurbish old buildings with more than a nod to their heritage gathers pace, we take a look at what’s on offer around the world, from not-so-old building conversions in Sydney, to French-inspired villas in Cambodia, and refurbished glass factories in Shanghai.
Gaga Changning Villa and Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai: Changing buildings to suit the times
We aren’t used to seeing Shanghai and adaptive reuse in the same sentence but increasingly the city’s designers are seeking texture and richness to counter the everything-is-new gloss of the city. These two developments met that brief.
Upmarket Gaga Changning Villa is a stylish tea house and restaurant located in the old St Mary’s Hall Episcopalian girls’ school built in 1881. Locals campaigned against a mooted demolition of the derelict school buildings in 2009, hoping to preserve the school and grounds as an oasis of calm in the middle of the city.