Adaptive Reuse


'Adaptive reuse' refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than that for which it was designed or built.

Article 21 of the Burra Charter' [See Burra Charter] refers specifically adaptation of heritage resource:

21.1 Adaptation is acceptable only where the adaptation has minimal impact on the cultural significance of the place.

21.2 Adaptation should involve minimal change to significant fabric, achieved only after considering alternatives.

Explanatory note:

Adaptation may involve the introduction of new services, or a new use, or changes to safeguard the place.

In South African terms, 'adaptation'

is the modifying a place for a compatible use. Adaptation is appropriate where the original use cannot be maintained, and where the adaptation does not substantially detract from its cultural significance.

Buildings on this website in Adaptive Reuse style

Alliance Assurance Co Building - Protea Assurance House: 1933 : 1990. Cape Town, Western Cape
Carnegie Library - Germiston Theatre: 1915 : 2018. Germiston, Gauteng
Longkloof Studios: 1920s, 1993. Cape Town, Western Cape
Museum Africa: 1994. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Victoria Junction Complex: 1900s, 1996. Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
University of Pretoria, Old Monastry Complex - Tukkiewerf: 1925. Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng