Adaptive Reuse in Interior Architecture: A Case Study in Famagusta, Cyprus

By Özge Cordan, Demet Dinçay and Frederico Fialho Teixeira.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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Concerns about adaptive reuse in the preservation of historical, cultural, and traditional environments remain a critical issue in the field of architecture. Protecting existing built environments through adaptive reuse proposals cannot be dismissed as a simple, nostalgic need to rebuild the past. On the contrary, seeing these proposals as an extension of a valuable architectural and cultural past allows greater insight into their aesthetic, structural, and cultural value. Within this perspective, the main aim of adaptive reuse proposals is to preserve contextual features, as well as the essence of existing spaces. This strategy of reclaiming original spatial conditions revises spatial norms through new technological improvements that take into account contemporary design issues, aspirations, and values. In this context, this paper focuses on the adaptive reuse of interior architecture in student projects produced during an exchange semester in the international master of interior architectural design (IMIAD) studio in Famagusta, Cyprus. In these projects, the students gave new functions to existing buildings and developed adaptive reuse proposals for five different locations, trying to find the essence of the existing buildings and transferring this to their design proposals. They also considered new architectural needs, programs, and relevant technological improvements.

Keywords: Reuse, Adaptability, Interior Architecture, Studio Project

International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 8, Issue 1, October 2014, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.696MB)).

Dr. Özge Cordan

Instructor, Interior Architecture Design Department, Faculty of Architecture Design, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Demet Dinçay

Academic Specialist, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Frederico Fialho Teixeira

Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Frederico Fialho Teixeira is an architect and media artist lecturing at Istanbul Technical University. Currently he is a researcher at University of California Santa Barbara, where he is an Awarded Fellow and PhD candidate at the Media Arts and Technology department, based in the California Nano Systems Institute. In addition he is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Arkitekt Journal. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism, he holds an MA in History of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture University of Porto, and a March from the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He worked for architects which include Zaha Hadid Architects and he is the co-founder of [f]Flat Architectures research group. Presently his studies fall into the area of Visual and Spatial Arts and focus in Biological Spatial Systems. In this field he explores structures with evolutionary spatial characteristics that embody multidimensional properties. Processes established through elemental modularity that carry multiple algorithmic strata. These spatial systems develop within ubiquitous ecologies instigating multiple appropriations both in physical and virtual realms.