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Adaptive Reuse

We blend the past and present with less waste and embodied carbon, making old buildings shine anew.

Adaptive reuse involves transforming existing buildings to serve new purposes while altering their appearance and functionality.

At HLW, we specialize in reimagining spaces with a keen eye for history and modern needs. Whether converting a disused mall into a vibrant creative campus or transforming an old dairy processing plant into a bustling startup headquarters, our design philosophy seeks a seamless blend of historical aesthetics and contemporary requirements. We are committed to designs that are not only visually appealing and functionally innovative but also environmentally conscious and socially responsible.


Rooftop urban garden above a brick industrial building, showcasing modern sustainable design with lush greenery against an expansive cityscape background.
“In adaptive reuse, we update historical places with modern design, transforming them to meet the operational, technical, and social needs of a community or client. Our projects showcase how reimagined spaces can drive sustainable, vibrant growth without demolition.”
Profile photo of Sejal Sonani.

Sejal Sonani, AIA LEED AP

Principal, Managing Director, California

The Dairy, Los Angeles, CA

Adaptive Reuse Highlights


square feet of space repurposed.


projects, coast to coast.


reduction in embodied carbon can be achieved through adaptive reuse.

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Modern commercial architecture featuring a modular building design with white corrugated metal exteriors. Landscaped green roof terraces and external staircases complement the urban backdrop, enhancing sustainability and communal space.

The Depot

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Rooftop terrace features modular seating and lush plantings, optimizing urban space with a green area and walkways, amidst a backdrop of cityscape and palm trees.

The Dairy

Los Angeles, CA

West End

Los Angeles, CA

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