This colorful modern preschool makes adaptive reuse look like a breeze.
It’s usually much easier to knock down an abandoned building and construct something entirely new. What’s rarer–but more environmentally friendly–is to rehab that decaying architecture into something that’s useable again. The annex for the joint head start/preschool programs of Guarderia Ecologica La Mina in Corozal, Puerto Rico, is a beautiful case of adaptive reuse of a decaying structure. Over a design-build period of just six months, San Juan, Puerto Rico-based architects Díaz Paunetto, transformed a derelict concrete building into a shiny new facility for meetings with parents, teacher trainings, and storage.