Bringing Buildings Back to Life

Every building has a story to tell. And over time, a building may end up having a second and third (or sometimes a fourth) act throughout its useful lifespan. Purpose-built and designed to achieve unique client needs, here are 6 projects that showcase the many lives of a building:

Western institutional review board (wirb)

IA helped WIRB consolidate staff into a single site. The result was the transformation of a former industrial plant with the design of a research facility.

Western Institutional Review Board, Takoma. Photography © Sherman Takata.

Western Institutional Review Board, Takoma. Photography © Sherman Takata.

Western Institutional Review Board, Takoma. Photography © Sherman Takata.

Western Institutional Review Board, Takoma. Photography © Sherman Takata.


Bumble Bee Foods

Relocated to the historic Showley Brother's Candy Factory building near PETCO Park, IA created a space that preserves and showcases the historic structure while reflecting the Bumble Bee brand throughout.

Bumble Bee Headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Photo by Benny Chan.

Bumble Bee Headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Photo by Benny Chan.

Bumble Bee Headquarters in San Diego, Calif. Photo by Benny Chan.

Bumble Bee Foods in San Diego. Photo by Benny Chan.

Expedia

IA turned a decommissioned airport terminal at Springfield Branson National Airport into a regional operations center and brand statement for this travel industry icon.

The Expedia Operations Center , Springfield, MO.

The Expedia Operations Center , Springfield, MO.

Expedia Operations Center, Springfield, MO.

The Expedia Operations Center , Springfield, MO.

Sapientnitro - Miami

Transforming a raw parking structure and several former retail bays into a clean envelope, this award-winning space reflects the local brand and culture and helps foster creative energy.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.

Sapient, Miami. Photography © Eric Laignel.


California Institute of Technology

IA helped in the restoration and preservation of the Robinson Astrophysics Lab at Cal Tech's campus in Pasadena. The result: the first laboratory in a historic building to be certified LEED platinum in the nation.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Photo © David Wakely.


Sapientnitro - santa monica

Celebrating light and raw authenticity of the previous warehouse space, IA's design of SapientNitro's Santa Monica office allows creative teams to thrive inside of a truly adaptable indoor and outdoor work environment.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Interested in adaptive reuse?

Then you'll likely enjoy our blog post on the "Economic Development Impact of Adaptive Reuse." We talk to thought leaders in architecture and Economic Development to learn how these projects can benefit our clients, their neighborhoods, and their cities. 


IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We are highly connected agents of change, committed to creativity, innovation, growth, and community.



IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We are highly connected agents of change, committed to creativity, innovation, growth, and community.



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Every building has a story to tell. And over time, a building may end up having a second and third (or sometimes a fourth) act throughout its useful lifespan. Purpose-built and designed to achieve unique client needs, here are 6 projects that showcase the many lives of a building:

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