Upgrade. Home Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishments

ISBN 978-3-89955-699-5

Oprawa: Hardback, Format: 24x30 cm , Stron: 256, 2017 r., English


Adding. Extending. Transforming. Upgrade breathes new life in forgotten architecture.

Upgrade explores architectural and design concepts that seek to enhance and repurpose our surroundings. From slight changes to complete renovations, the spectrum of possibilities is vast. Extensions upon a rooftop. Factories turned into relaxing retreats. Wood additions contrast with antique brick exteriors. Through engaging anecdotes and inspiriting images, Upgrade provides vibrant exemplars and enthusiasm for revamping existing spaces.


Repurposing the unused; a dilapidated barn, a raddled townhome, a historical and fading building façade – these can all be starting points for stunning and inspiring homes. Upgrade displays transformations: be it sheds into playrooms, a garage to a guesthouse, or an alpine hut into a holiday getaway. Hidden in the walls of old structures are possibilities and inspirations that can be realized with any bget; charm and character become the criteria for titivating a residence.


Upgrade offers projects that succeed in finding the balance between the traditional and the modern. Architects share their experiences, motivations, and approaches. Before-and-after photos illustrate the metamorphoses. This is a volume for all who desire a new perspective, for those that prefer to preserve rather than to demolish. What are ruins to some become another’s architectural playground.


Upgrade erkundet, wie Architekten und Designer unsere Lebensräume von kleinen Veränderungen bis hin zu kompletten Renovierungsprozessen gekonnt umgestalten. Ob es ein ausgebautes Dachgeschoss, ein altes Fabrikgebäe ist, das zum modernen Büro und gemütlichen Heim für eine Familie umfunktioniert wird, oder neue Holzfassaden, die im überraschenden Kontrast zu alten Backsteinwänden stehen; Upgrade erzählt von beeindruckenden Projekten und lädt ein, alte Bausubstanz aus neuer Perspektive zu betrachten.