Gasometer Building
                 Gasometer Building

Newer buildings are constantly being constructed and worked on all over the world. While this keeps scenes fresh and provides more jobs, many of the older buildings are finding themselves undergoing transformations in order to keep up with a society that continues to move on to the “next best thing”.

The reuse of a building benefits an environment by taking up less resources and re-utilizing existing materials. Many countries are beginning to take more advantage of this than they have in previous years.

For example, Vienna, Austria has turned old gas tanks into smaller communities within themselves; essentially a “city within a city”. After the gas tanks had no further use, the city took suggestions for new uses and the idea of reuse the buildings as housing emerged in 1995. Complete with shopping malls, music halls, and a movie theater, the Gasometer Community opened to the public in early 2001.

This reuse of functionality contributes to creating a stronger economy by saving money, time, and additional supplies it would have taken to completely build from the ground up. With so many buildings already existing in a continuously growing world, it is wise to weigh the options and the benefits of reinventing an already existing structure.