Armory Wharf Café by lahznimmo architects

Adaptive reuse usually starts with an existing building, and ends with an exterior facelift, or a complete interior redesign, or both. But what if the start point is but a burnedout shell of a building? The result, as here, is less “reuse” and more “resurrection”. Building 13 had already undergone adaptive reuse in 2007 – and proved instantly popular with the cyclists and walkers frequenting the riverside park. So when the café was completely destroyed by fire that November, the need for a replacement became instantly apparent.