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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?