Why postulate when you can demonstrate? ‘Around the World in Adaptive Reuse’ is a series of completed Adaptive Reuse case studies that show how W-B is an active leader in the global shift toward a new wave of adaptive reuse. This is imperative because, with another 2.5 billion people predicted to live in urban areas by the time we reach 2050, we need a new way forward.

Around the World in Adaptive Reuse.

Our Global Studio model allows us to work collaboratively across time zones and borders, using the latest technology to share design intelligence and strengthen our knowledge base around the world.



See our case studies.


Adaptive Reuse: Tianjin Jinmao Plaza

Situated on the banks of the Hai River, Tianjin Jinmao Plaza is a vibrant mixed-use hub that celebrates Tianjin’s industrial history.


Adaptive Reuse: Suzhou Yanlord Cangjie

Yanlord Cangjie Suzhou radically extracts the essence of a city.


Adaptive Reuse: 49 Chambers Street

Nestled among the best of lower Manhattan, 49 Chambers Street is an irreplaceable piece of New York City – then, now and into the future.


Adaptive Reuse: Campus Perth

A co-living approach blurs trends in workplace, hospitality and wellness to deliver multi-faceted student accommodation.


Adaptive Reuse: AMANO

Once a tired 1980s office building, The Hotel AMANO revives a rare site to create a vibrant, 141-room offering that reconnects Drury Lane to the ongoing buzz of Covent Garden.


Adaptive Reuse: Gramercy Square

A prewar hospital in the historic Gramercy neighbourhood is deftly converted to a luxurious residential community.


Adaptive Reuse: Dahua 1935

In the home of the famed terracotta warriors, a once-idle textile mill has risen from the ashes of WWII to become a modern mixed-used hub. Mere steps away from Daming Imperial Palace, Dahua 1395 is rich with retail, art, and entertainment.

Adaptive Reuse at Woods Bagot