'Hackable' building movement turning offices into condos

Don’t tear that old office building down, hack it! So say proponents of the “hackable” building movement, including the architecture, design planning and consulting firm Gensler. Developer EYA has turned an Alexandria, Va., office complex into luxury condos, above.

In the past, developers would typically rehab older buildings to get more life out of them. But if a site was no longer well-suited to a particular use, they’d tear the structure down and start over. But that takes time and money, and financing can be hard to come by, the Washington Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reports.

Proponents of “hackable” buildings say there’s no reason that buildings old and new can’t be transformed for uses their original designers never envisioned. Source: washingtonpost.com.