Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. ~ Wikipedia
1.) An underground bomb shelter was turned into an urban farm.
Zero Carbon Foods built a farm in this London air raid shelter.
2.) A church was turned into a bookstore.
The 13th century Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland, was converted into a store for a popular Dutch bookstore chain.
3.) A train car was turned into an artist’s home.
The 1949 the Pullman-Standard sleeper car was purchased by Liz Mapelli, who converted it into a unique home.
4.) A plane was turned into a kindergarten.
This Yakovlev 42 plane in the country of Georgia is actually a kindergarten.
There’s plenty of room in this Georgian Airways plane.
5.) A church was turned into a bar.
This Presbyterian church in the Muswell Hill district of London was changed to attract a different crowd.
6.) A jail was turned into an upscale hotel.
The Liberty Hotel in Boston was actually the Charles Street Jail years before.
7.) A boiler house was turned into a modern office.
The Ambler Boiler House generated power for a Philadelphia suburb, but now is a swanky modern office building.
8.) A public restroom was turned into a private home.
Architect Laura Clark was able to convert a disgusting public restroom in south-east London into a stunning one-bedroom apartment.
9.) An air hangar was turned into a resort.
This giant airship hangar in Krausnik, Germany, was transformed into the Tropical Islands Resort by its Malaysian owners. It has the world’s largest indoor rainforest.
10.) A water tower was turned into a bed & breakfast.
The Braithwaite Engineering Company of London originally built the tower in 1923. Instead of housing thousands of gallons of water, the House in the Clouds is now a bed and breakfast.
11.) A power station was turned into an art museum.
The Bankside Power Station was an oil-fired power plant. A Swiss architecture firm converted it into a museum and it’s now Britain’s national gallery of international modern art, the Tate Modern.
12.) Gasometers were turned into apartments.
In 1896, Viennese authorities built Europe’s largest gas plant, complete with four gasometers, which were gas tanks. Those tanks are now being turned into apartment buildings.
You’ll never see any other apartments like this one.
13.) A meat packing plant was turned into an urban farm.
The old meat packing district of Chicago is now full of decaying buildings. Entrepreneur John Edel chose to upcycle the Peer building into a net-zero energy food business incubator.
93,000-square-foot facility has both indoor and outdoor farms.
14.) A water processing plant was turned into a cafe.
The Pumping Station Haarlemmerweg of Amsterdam doesn’t provide just drinking water anymore. Now it’s the Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam.
15.) A theater was turned into a clothing company’s headquarters.
Comvert, a clothing company, was searching for a new headquarters in Milan. Interior architects Studiometrico remodeled a 1950’s movie theater, Cinema Istria, just for the brand.
16.) A grain silo was turned into a country inn.
This 1940′s grain silo in New Braunfels, Texas, stood empty for decades. It was recently converted into a one bedroom apartment and the iconic Gruene Homestead Inn.
You’d never imagine it looks like this on the inside.
17.) A train car was turned into a cafe.
This 1960s train car was converted by designer Morag Myerscough in 2008. He turned it into a colorful café in South London.
18.) A WWII bunker was turned into an apartment.
UK resident Elizabeth Sutton bought and converted an old military bunker.
She made it into a modern home for herself (albeit one without windows).
19.) A sugar factory was turned into a rock climbing gym.
The Redpath Sugar Refinery Complex in Montreal was the first of its kind in North America. Now, it’s a rock climbing fitness center (a new trend and another first).
20.) A Walmart was turned into a public library.
In McAllen, Texas, the remains of a Walmart was converted into a public library.