Nowhere to go but up

It’s natural for buildings to be extended up as population densities increase but the fake heritage attics that have become ubiquitous in Australia can be so boring that even the most inappropriate additions suddenly look appealing.

Some of the oddest upward renovations are the redundant San Diego tract houses, discussed by Teddy Cruz, that are trucked across the US-Mexican border to Tijuana where they often reappear as a dream castle in the air.

But much as I love that, the classiest over the top renovation that I have ever seen is by ecotech of California

and yet again it uses containers, the pre fab building unit of choice.

I can see these springing up all over the place and in many cases it’s a better solution than heritage fakery.


  1. Posted 21 Aug ’06 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Ecotech! Brilliant! so’s the Teddy Cruz low rise.

  2. redmond bridgeman
    Posted 2 Oct ’06 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Mr Milliss and co, perhaps you may find Tim Burns activities in York re adaptive reuse of some interest – you can check them out at

  3. Ian Milliss
    Posted 21 Oct ’06 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hey Tim, if you see this get in contact, it would be great to see you after all these years, there is an email address in the about section. And you’ve got an electricity pylon…..I’ve always wanted an electricity pylon…..

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