Adaptive reuse

Adaptive reuse is the adaptation of historic buildings from one use to another while preserving their heritage value.

Sometimes this may be nothing more than a change in activities, however in many situations buildings require modifications to suit their new purpose. As a result, reuse allows historic buildings to be properly cared for, and their origins to be understood and remembered, even where their purpose and function have changed.

Adaptive reuse is an important element in retaining historic buildings and other places for future generations. What's more, there are considerable benefits for environmental sustainability.

Read more about how the state's historic buildings have been adapted (171kb pdf).

Read the adaptive reuse guidelines from the Office of Design and Architecture SA.