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Recovered Windmill Homes

Beech Architects Turned a Derelict Windmill Into a Guest House

— August 29, 2017 — Art & Design
Rather than tearing down a 125-year-old windmill on their property, a family in Suffolk, England, turned to Beech Architects to repurpose the historic structure into something more practical for their current needs. The studio turned the derelict windmill column into a guest house that offers its occupants stunning views of the surrounding farmland.

The windmill was originally built in 1891, and it served as a source of natural energy for the previous landowners for decades. However, it lost its cap and sails dozens of years ago, and it has stood as a hollow cylinder since then. The guest house concept is a clever way to save the historic structure and turn it into something attractive and useful.

Naturally, Beech Architects opted to forgo the sails, but it reinstalled a cap that serves as the main room of the guest house.
Trend Themes
1. Adaptive Reuse - Recovering and repurposing historic structures like windmills presents opportunities for architects and developers to create unique and functional spaces.
2. Sustainable Architecture - Transforming derelict structures into eco-friendly guest houses showcases the potential for sustainable building practices and renewable energy usage.
3. Heritage Tourism - By converting historic windmills into guest accommodations, there is a rising trend in offering tourists a chance to experience heritage and history in a unique way.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects specializing in adaptive reuse have the opportunity to revive historic structures and create innovative living spaces.
2. Real Estate - Developers can tap into the trend of repurposing windmills and other heritage structures to meet the demand for unique and sustainable housing options.
3. Tourism - The development of windmill guest houses contributes to the growing industry of heritage and eco-tourism, providing travelers with immersive and sustainable lodging choices.
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