Adaptive Reuse with Parametric Tools (DK)

Research Project:
Adaptive Reuse with Parametric Tools - Modular systems for our building heritage.

Foreign Ministry of DK/ Aarhus School of Architecture

Fabers Factory, Ryslinge (DK)

2017 /18

Project phases:
Research and Concept development



Aarhus School of Architecture (DK)

Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality (DK)


Adaptive Reuse with Parametric Tools / Modular systems for our building heritage is a research project funded by the foreign ministry of Denmark and developed together with the Aarhus School of Architecture.

Main Focus

The rapid depopulation in Denmark’s rural areas is a major challenge to many municipalities, where valuable buildings and cultural environments lose their function and are left empty. They are physical testimonies to the history of the sites, while the functionally vacant buildings in decay form negative stories of urban settlement. “Modular systems for our building heritage” is an innovative experimental project, which seeks to create new, functional and flexible housing typologies that can ignite a positive transition. The demographic development in these rural areas at the same time demand new, cheaper and better housing. Here, indoor climates are frequently characterized by low quality. It degrades the quality of life and weakens the image and brand of these rural cities. “Modular systems for our building heritage” develops and tests new methods that can help meet challenges and increasing demands for cheap, flexible rental housing. This experiemental project combines current societal issues, cultural heritage and modern tecnology.


How can our building heritage and cultural environments be reconciled with computational methods and strategies that, through building transformation with a modular system, enable the conversion of functional buildings to dwellings on an economic and rational basis. The project identifies relevant digital, parametric strategies that can be beneficially implemented in the preservation and transformation in our building heritage. We see great potential in the use of a 3D scanned building model in conjunction with parametric models and digital fabrication in wood, for the development of adative reuse projects, where a piece of building heritage is transformed and gets a new function.

Fabers Factory

Fabers Factory was founded in 1900 and produced solar shading until 2015. The building, which is to be converted into housing in the pilot project, is part of the older factory with production halls, boiler houses and workshops. The building complex has retained many of its original building elements, several of which can be included in the forthcoming transformation project. These are elements such as the Roman deck, the columns, the fire doors, the chimney and the original cast iron windows, which indicate the function of the building and the history it has undergone. Therefore, these elements constitute the building’s bearing conservation values.