While my renovation means getting a new rug from Ikea, changing a lightbulb that’s been out of order for the past year (or five, if I’m being totally honest), and keeping my succulents alive, some people turn it into an art form.

Welcome to the inspiring collection of renovations that deserve their own place in history compiled by Bored Panda. From the abandoned church that’s been remade into a skater’s dream park to a defunct subway entrance that’s been cleverly turned into an actual entry to the Subway eatery, and it only gets better.

Scroll down, upvote your favorite remakes and repurposed buildings, and be sure to check out our previous posts with some more wonderful building conversions right here.

#1

Moved Here 4 Years Ago. Converted Victorian Church In England. Love This Room

Moved Here 4 Years Ago. Converted Victorian Church In England. Love This Room

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Amy Bindokas
Community Member
6 months ago

It’s stunning I would love to have a home like this.

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#2

Stone Observatory Tower Converted To A Home

Stone Observatory Tower Converted To A Home

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
6 months ago

I’d love to see the inside. This looks so cool

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#3

The Building Used For The Swimming Events At The 2008 Summer Olympics In Beijing Was Transformed Into This Dope-Looking Waterpark

The Building Used For The Swimming Events At The 2008 Summer Olympics In Beijing Was Transformed Into This Dope-Looking Waterpark

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Marciano Junior
Community Member
6 months ago

Amazing

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When we think of architecture, we start picturing an entire complex process that gets to make a building from zero. But very often, architects work with what they’re already given, whether it’s defunct objects or abandoned buildings, and they have to work their way around them to give these ghosts an entirely new meaning and purpose.

Repurposed buildings also have power to revitalize communities. It often happens when industrial structures like old factories are remodeled into community centers—sites of leisure.

#4

In Germany There Is Waterpark Called Tropical Islands. It's A Literal Tropical Island Built Inside An Old Blimp Hangar

In Germany There Is Waterpark Called Tropical Islands. It's A Literal Tropical Island Built Inside An Old Blimp Hangar

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TheGr81sComing
Community Member
6 months ago

they must be very strict about the no smoking rule

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#5

Gas Station Greenhouse

Gas Station Greenhouse

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Mz Phit
Community Member
6 months ago

Eco-fuel!

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#6

My Gym Used To Be Part Of An Asylum Complex. The Pool Used To Be A Church And The Confession Booths Are Now A Sauna

My Gym Used To Be Part Of An Asylum Complex. The Pool Used To Be A Church And The Confession Booths Are Now A Sauna

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Marie Stanford
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like a Roman bath

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According to Kaelan Burkett, an author at Architizer, “repurposed buildings are not simply reincarnations of their former selves; an arts center does not have the same relationship to a community as a factory.”

“But these projects do not act as replacements or departures from what preceded them, either. When architecture is successfully repurposed, it does not hide its history, but instead becomes a relic, projecting its identity into a new age, and embodying the contradictory qualities of tradition and innovation, of preservation and progress.”

#7

Vienna Gasometers: Gas Storage Tanks First Built In 1896 And Converted Into Mixed-Use Developments Between 1995 And 2001

Vienna Gasometers: Gas Storage Tanks First Built In 1896 And Converted Into Mixed-Use Developments Between 1995 And 2001

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Maroon
Community Member
6 months ago

We've got concerts there now :D

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#8

Niccolò Paganini Auditorium, Parma, Italy, An Abandoned Sugar Factory Converted Into A Concert Hall By Renzo Piano In 1996

Niccolò Paganini Auditorium, Parma, Italy, An Abandoned Sugar Factory Converted Into A Concert Hall By Renzo Piano In 1996

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Katarina Budimir
Community Member
6 months ago

That's great!

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#9

This Abandoned Church Was Purchased By Skaters And Renovated Into A Dream Park

This Abandoned Church Was Purchased By Skaters And Renovated Into A Dream Park

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Amy Bindokas
Community Member
6 months ago

That is a very beautiful skate park.

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Kaelan also claims that repurposing architecture is not a new concept. For example, “The Hagia Sophia has been rebuilt, redesigned and redecorated many times in its lives as a church, mosque and museum. Similarly, the Kremlin has housed many regimes since its 14th-century construction, and undergone a corresponding evolution of forms.” In such cases, the changing roles of architecture often reflect or enforce political ideologies and claims to power.

#10

My New Apartment Still Has The Original Molding From When It Was A Hotel Ballroom In 1923

My New Apartment Still Has The Original Molding From When It Was A Hotel Ballroom In 1923

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Lara Verne
Community Member
6 months ago

Nice

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#11

Dublin: An 11th Century Viking Well And Stone Under A Local Shop

Dublin: An 11th Century Viking Well And Stone Under A Local Shop

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Kubu
Community Member
6 months ago

Rather common in many UK cities in random buildings in cities with well preserved heritage, Chester, Bath...

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#12

Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia, Designed In 2018 By Adjara Group And Located In An Old Printing House

Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia, Designed In 2018 By Adjara Group And Located In An Old Printing House

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RGNix
Community Member
6 months ago

This needs to be higher

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#13

These Two UK Phone Booths Have Been Repurposed

These Two UK Phone Booths Have Been Repurposed

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Joey Marlin
Community Member
6 months ago

I've seen a few of these used for defibrillators, have them in my village.

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#14

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
6 months ago

Hotel....for patients!!!!

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#15

My House Turned 101 Today (Originally A 1920’s Corner Grocery)

My House Turned 101 Today (Originally A 1920’s Corner Grocery)

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder how many times they had someone banging on the window asking if they are open?

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#16

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

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BetterBitterButter
Community Member
6 months ago

For those hungry for books

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#17

This Defunct Subway Entrance Is A Working Subway Entrance

This Defunct Subway Entrance Is A Working Subway Entrance

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Dave P
Community Member
6 months ago

still is an entrance into the real subway, see those stairs on the side, those go down an extra level. This is a "Commercial Cut Out" which is quote common in the NYC subway system and were designed that way to use the extra space are retail. THere are steps to the left and right (as you can see on the right here) that go down to the subway system. Sorry, this is someone misleading or ignorant.

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#18

A Former Grain Silo In Oslo, Now Converted To Student Housing

A Former Grain Silo In Oslo, Now Converted To Student Housing

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago

Brain silo

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#19

The Grand Concourse Built In 1898. Once Train Station Is Now A Restaurant In Pittsburgh, PA

The Grand Concourse Built In 1898. Once Train Station Is Now A Restaurant In Pittsburgh, PA

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
6 months ago

Train stations were built so beautifully

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#20

This McDonald's In New Zealand Has A Decommissioned Plane You Can Dine In

This McDonald's In New Zealand Has A Decommissioned Plane You Can Dine In

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Kubu
Community Member
6 months ago

Managed by Marty McFly ;)

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#21

A Ship's Bridge That Has Been Removed And Converted Into A House

A Ship's Bridge That Has Been Removed And Converted Into A House

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
6 months ago

With the ship horn as the door bell.

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#22

Regional Coffee Chain Buys Gas Station, Uses Car Wash As Drive Through

Regional Coffee Chain Buys Gas Station, Uses Car Wash As Drive Through

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third molar
Community Member
6 months ago

Caribou has better coffee than the mermaid brand!

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#23

Old Church Turned Into A 24/7 Pancake Restaurant

Old Church Turned Into A 24/7 Pancake Restaurant

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
6 months ago

This reminds me of the Old Spaghetti Factory

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#24

Old Bank Was Transformed Into A Hotel, They Kept The Vault As A Meeting Room

Old Bank Was Transformed Into A Hotel, They Kept The Vault As A Meeting Room

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CindyLouWho1209
Community Member
6 months ago

Very cool! You can't come out until you all reach a consensus. (Swings the vault door shut.)

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#25

This Hotel Is An Old Prison

This Hotel Is An Old Prison

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Mz Phit
Community Member
6 months ago

You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave

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#26

In The UK, Redundant Telephone Boxes Are Being Repurposed As Public Defibrillators

In The UK, Redundant Telephone Boxes Are Being Repurposed As Public Defibrillators

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H Edwards
Community Member
6 months ago

It's nice that they are repurposing a few so that they don't all disappear completely.

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#27

My Girlfriend’s Office Used To Be A Bowling Alley. The Original Lanes Are Still There

My Girlfriend’s Office Used To Be A Bowling Alley. The Original Lanes Are Still There

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Unwelcomed Guest
Community Member
6 months ago

What a hassle it must to have to change your shoes every time you go to work

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#28

This Hotel Is Built Out Of Train Cars

This Hotel Is Built Out Of Train Cars

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

they went off the rails with this design

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#29

The Old Don Jail (1864) In Toronto Converted Into Offices For The Newly Built Hospital Beside It In 2013

The Old Don Jail (1864) In Toronto Converted Into Offices For The Newly Built Hospital Beside It In 2013

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Mitch Lord
Community Member
6 months ago

I bailed someone out of that jail once in 2010. Good times.

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#30

Old Silo In Söderköping, Sweden, Repurposed As Housing

Old Silo In Söderköping, Sweden, Repurposed As Housing

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Kubu
Community Member
6 months ago

There's beautiful hotel in Capetown, South Africa, located in repurposed silo. It's called literally The Silo. Google it, it's gorgeous.

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#31

McDonald's In The Art Deco Former "United Kingdom Hotel", Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia

McDonald's In The Art Deco Former "United Kingdom Hotel", Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia

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ArchiBookworm
Community Member
6 months ago

This isn't sad. If the building can't be repurposed into something commercially viable, it gets demolished and we lose that historic building. This is how preservation works, its how we save historic fabric.

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#32

These Apartments Used To Be A YMCA

These Apartments Used To Be A YMCA

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

Haunted by the ghosts of a construction worker, soldier, police officer, cowboy, biker and native American Indian.

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#33

Old Church Converted Into A Gym

Old Church Converted Into A Gym

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V 2000
Community Member
6 months ago

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#34

A Smartphone Repair Office Inside A Telephone Box North Of Holborn Station

A Smartphone Repair Office Inside A Telephone Box North Of Holborn Station

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Miriam L
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6 months ago

Looks... Compact. I would not want to be the person working inside that booth all day

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#35

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre: A Former Commodities Exchange With A 750-Seat Theatre 'Pod' Tucked Inside. The Theatre Opened In 1976

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre: A Former Commodities Exchange With A 750-Seat Theatre 'Pod' Tucked Inside. The Theatre Opened In 1976

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Seán Baron
Community Member
6 months ago

I've been there many times. When the IRA bomb went off in 1996, this was nearly destroyed.

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