26 January 2024

Gregory Kovacs: Insights on Façade Design in Adaptive Reuse, Featured in Window & Façade Magazine

Gregory Kovacs, Benoy Design Director, is featured in the 10th anniversary edition of Window & Façade Magazine (WFM), with his article, Deep Façades: The Transformational Power of Façades on Adaptive Reuse Projects.”

The piece explores the pivotal role of façade design in reshaping buildings through adaptive reuse strategies. 

The global movement towards adopting sustainable and energy-efficient practices not only contribute to revitalising existing structures but also help mitigate carbon emissions throughout a building’s life cycle. Gregory underscores the transformative role of façade design in achieving environmental sustainability and revitalising diverse architectural contexts.

The article delves into various case studies, vividly illustrating how façades bridge the gap between old and new, seamlessly integrating heritage buildings with contemporary structures. It also examines recent examples of underperforming buildings, providing valuable strategies to preserve existing structures while enhancing their visual, spatial, and technical performance

Highlighting three key topics, the article features compelling case studies, including projects from Benoy, that exemplify the transformative power of façade design:

The Old and The New: Cross Street Redevelopment, Singapore

The successful integration of heritage buildings with modern elements in this commercial redevelopment project aims to increase footfall and attract tenants.

The façade design achieves a harmonious blend of the old and the new, ultimately transforming an underperforming and underused development into a vibrant quarter that stands out as a prominent destination in Singapore.

The Reconstruction of an Icon: Yangshupu Power Station in Shanghai, China

The article showcases the innovative façade design that revitalised an abandoned power station, transforming it into a vibrant, mixed-use cultural hub. This case study demonstrates how façades can breathe new life into forgotten buildings, transforming not just the structure itself but also revitalising the surrounding environment.

Transforming the Mundane: Dunchon Apartments in Seoul, South Korea 

Examining how creative façade design can transform mundane structures into extraordinary spaces, Gregory uses Dunchon Apartments in Seoul as an example.

The revitalisation of the residential neighbourhood occurs without demolishing existing structures. The development incorporates diverse colors, façade articulation, and mass breakdown to foster dynamic interconnected communities, transforming the mundane into something extraordinary.

Window & Façade Magazine is a renowned bi-monthly online publication that provides comprehensive information on façade and fenestration materials, designs, trends, and technologies. It serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for architects, developers, consultants, and home users, offering invaluable insights into architectural and sustainability aspects.

Read the full article on pages 40 – 48:

For a quick overview, read the snippet of our article here:

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10th anniversary edition of Window & Façade Magazine (WFM)
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Cross Street Redevelopment, Singapore
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Yangshupu Power Station in Shanghai, China
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Dunchon Apartments in Seoul, South Korea
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