Old Buildings Brought Back To Life In Unexpected Ways

There are only so many beautiful old buildings in the world, it’s such a shame when they get torn down and replaced with something new. That doesn’t always have to be the case. I love it when people work with an old building to turn it into something new and equally as stunning, even if it is in an unlikely way.

Maybe the people who built a church in the Middle Ages wouldn’t have pictured it as a supermarket, but that doesn’t make it less impressive, right?

That Is Quite The Living Room

an old castle is now a house
Photo Credit: Reddit / misterzeee
Photo Credit: Reddit / misterzeee

This stunning living room is in a converted Victorian church. Imagine living here? They kept so much of the original structure, but you’d want to if it was that beautiful, wouldn’t you?

The Echo In There Is Probably Amazing

an old theatre made into a parking garage
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoxBopChallenge
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoxBopChallenge

Why let something go to waste when you can use what is there? That was the idea behind this parking garage, anyway. This parking garage used to be a theater in Detroit.

How Very Clever

an old bank is a vitamin store
Photo Credit: Reddit / greeegoreo
Photo Credit: Reddit / greeegoreo

Why not work with what you’ve got? That’s what this vitamin and supplement store did when they found out they were moving into an old bank with an intact vault.

Talk About Working Out In Style

gym in what used to be a bank
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yaej
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yaej

There would be something about working out in a bank that would make you feel really luxurious. Maybe even luxurious enough to actually keep going to work out instead of paying for a membership you don’t use.

The Plumbing Must Be Interesting

an old jail bathroom kept in tack in an apartment
Photo Credit: Reddit / rebuffedchaff8
Photo Credit: Reddit / rebuffedchaff8

The house this person moved into was, at one time, a police station. The people who redid the house turned one of the cells into a bathroom in the basement.

Look At All Those Books

a bookstore in an old theatre
Photo Credit: Reddit / pikindaguy
Photo Credit: Reddit / pikindaguy

There is something about books in an old theater that just makes sense. It’s a beautiful thing to take the place of one art form and turn it into a home for another. I’d never leave that store!

Now That Is A Cozy Room

an old church that is now an apartment building
Photo Credit: Reddit / HyogaCygnus
Photo Credit: Reddit / HyogaCygnus

If I lived in this old church with a living room like that, I would probably never leave my house. Imagine the rent on this place, though? It’s tucked away somewhere in Brooklyn, New York.

That Looks Like A Good Time

an old airport hanger turned into a water park
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tropicalislandsresort
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tropicalislandsresort

This tropical island paradise is in Germany! And, get this, it’s built inside an airship hangar. It currently holds the world record for being the largest indoor waterpark, which is pretty cool.

A Very Thoughtful Repurposing

an old brewery turned into a bar
Photo Credit: Reddit / justincase96
Photo Credit: Reddit / justincase96

This old brewing kettle was cleaned up and then turned into a tiny bar! Something about reimagining the old equipment in a relevant way really does this antique beauty a lot of justice.

“See You In Court!”

court turned into a coffee shop
Photo Credit: Reddit / JohnnyBizzlesBallers
Photo Credit: Reddit / JohnnyBizzlesBallers

This courthouse wasn’t needed anymore, so instead of getting rid of it, they kept the building and turned it into a cute little coffee shop. Let’s hope that they came up with a punny name to go with it.

It’s A Secret

fbi vault turned into a Target
Photo Credit: Reddit / RutgersUnion
Photo Credit: Reddit / RutgersUnion

This scary-looking Target used to be the New York City FBI headquarters. The reason they kept these old vaults and safe deposit boxes is because it was cheaper to keep them than to get rid of them.

The Holy Data Centre

church turned into an old data centre
Photo Credit: Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
Photo Credit: Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

This has got to be one of the most beautiful data centers in the world. It sits in a glass case inside what used to be an old church in Barcelona.

That Is Quite The Project

an old Masonic temple turned into a house
Photo Credit: Reddit / freemasontomansion
Photo Credit: Reddit / freemasontomansion

These people bought an old Masonic Temple and have slowly been renovating it into a sweet house. Imagine being able to tell people that you live in an old Masonic Temple? That alone would be worth it.

This Is Incredibly Gorgeous

synagogue turned into a coffee house
Photo Credit: Reddit / majmou
Photo Credit: Reddit / majmou

It would be so relaxing to sit down and read a good book with a tasty coffee in this synagogue-turned-coffee-shop, don’t you think? It would probably restore your soul as much as your energy level.

A Grocery Store For The Ages

a supermarket that used to be a theatre
Photo Credit: Reddit / Scrotus_8
Photo Credit: Reddit / Scrotus_8

Once upon a time, this grocery store was a theater in the beautiful city of Venice. When you’re a city as beautiful as Venice, beautiful old buildings are a dime a dozen.

What An Interesting Space

library that used to be a textile factory
Photo Credit: Reddit / sabeltant11
Photo Credit: Reddit / sabeltant11

An old textile factory seems like a space that you might not be able to do much with, but this library has proved that notion wrong. What a genius idea for that space.

Do You Think This Place Is Haunted?

a prison turned into an apartment
Photo Credit: Reddit / itsthepax
Photo Credit: Reddit / itsthepax

This prison was turned into a more welcoming set of rooms when it was turned into an apartment complex. It looks a little dark, but there is a lot of natural light in the rooms.

What A Classy McDonald’s

a McDonald's that used to be a funeral home
Photo Credit: Reddit / olliepips
Photo Credit: Reddit / olliepips

This McDonald’s is a beauty and that’s because it used to be a funeral home. I guess you could say that the food there is to die for. No, for real, they even put cinnamon in your coffee here.

Something About This Seems Ironic

a soviet statue that's now a KFC
Photo Credit: Reddit / stuttgart_flugart
Photo Credit: Reddit / stuttgart_flugart

Who doesn’t love themselves some deep-fried communist chicken? This KFC is in Belarus, where they kept all the history and imagery after the fall of communism because it’s important to remember your past.

Let’s Hope It Smells Good

a bathroom turned into a coffee shop
Photo Credit: Reddit / your-conscience-
Photo Credit: Reddit / your-conscience-

Why not turn an old toilet into a quick drop-in and take-out coffee shop? Maybe every train station should have one of these at the entrances and exits for all of the caffeine-deprived commuters.