The perfect blend of old and new - respecting the architecture that came before and creating something different for the end user to come. Rust red meets slate gray. Geometric meets organic. Brick meets steel. Thin glass meets thick.
The CaixaForum arts centre, which opened earlier this year in Madrid, Spain, incorporates walls from a power station that previously occupied the site. It includes galleries, administrative offices and a restaurant in the upper levels, as well as an auditorium below ground level.
This conversion in the Irish village of Broughshane started out with something that was already truly an object of beauty: a crumbling old stone barn. With some clever manipulation, they turned the old barn into a light-filled, contemporary living space.