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a transformation scan is a design "sprint" that results in a sketch concept for a sustainable transformation.

Speculation is often involved in renovating an existing building and it's important to be aware of all the variables at play to ensure success. With a transformation scan, we take the guesswork out of the equation by evaluating the building's current condition, and proposing possible interventions for redevelopment which make a solid, future proof business case, as well as an imaginative repurposing. This might include investigating latent spatial possibilities, clarifying cultural historic values and, or exploring relevant new functions.

possible challenges

  • you want to transform a building but you can’t get a grip on the different possibilities

  • you want to enlarge the ambition and widen the scope of possible solutions

  • you want to create support for a revelopment among stakeholders


A transformation scan leads to a concept design to start building a clear business case for a bold, environmentally efficient redevelopment.

  • spatial concept for redevelopment

  • sketch design

  • outline of a business case

sketch design for the infill of an empty plot in a deprived neighborhood in Rotterdam

sketch design for the infill of an empty plot in a deprived neighborhood in Rotterdam


People, places and buildings are never the same. We customize our scan based on the challenges and places handed to us. Here’s an indicative outline of a transformation scan to give you an idea of what we do!

1. kick-off session
Every project at P·A research starts with a kick-off. In an intense two-hour sessions we discover your needs. Based on this kick-off we shape the transformation scan according to the specifics of your challenge.

2. preparation
Before we get started, we need to get to know the building. In a week’s time, we make a 3D-model and first drawings of the existing situation based on archive drawings and basic measurements on site.

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3. design sprint
day 1: analysis, idea generation & cocreation
At day one of the transformation scan we start brainstorming for possible solutions on site. For bigger and/or public projects we set up cocreation sessions with local stakeholders. For the best results it is essential to include the end-user of the building.

day 2: concepting
In the second day we translate our findings in to the first concepts. Preferably this day takes place on site so we have a chance to interact with the building an its users.

day 3-4: prototyping
We take two or more days to draw, make a 3D model for VR and set up a presentation.

day 5: testing
Armed with drawings, ideas and a VR-model we test our sketch design with the client and/or end-user. With the insights from this test, we then drawn up next steps and make final adjustments to the design.

4. wrap-up sessions
A week after the design sprint we wrap-up the transformation scan with a final presentation outlining the spatial possibilities and findings but also next steps and possible issues that require further investigation.

Where have we done a transformation scan before?



Based on design research P·A conducted, Weerbaar Weert is a future perspective of the inner core of this city in the southernmost province of the Netherlands. The research illustrates that large-scale transitions, such as complex climate adaptations, can in fact be seamlessly translated and integrated in the city's medieval inner core.



Homeowners are not prepared to switch to renewable energy because its technology is relatively unknown and unfamiliar. To increase public knowledge of PV-panels in Rotterdam, P·A is establishing a network of ambassadors to inspire people, and developing two solar pavilions, and pop-up stores to give the technology some traction with the public.



How do you transform a deprived area like Bospolder-Tussendijken Rotterdam into a Next Generation and Zero-Energy Neighborhood? P·A is part of the coalition 'BoTu Next' along with Over Morgen, Urhahn and Inicio. We came together to determine how best to address the transformation of this declining area, and translated the results of our work into an inspiring enterprise plan for the neighborhood, alongside its residents.