Creative Bliss Day 16: Repurpose a Rejected design Idea

While architect Rem Koolhaas was thinking about an effective design for Portugal’s Casa da Musica concert hall, he suddenly remembered his proposal for a private residence several years before.

That house design had been rejected, but Koolhaas felt it would be perfect for Casa da Musica. He went through files and found the prototype — basically a wood block with a hole cut in the center — and it served as his inspiration. The open center became Casa da Musica’s performance hall, and the surrounding block worked as labs, studios and offices.

Spend an hour today looking back at rejected ideas in your files. A concept put aside in the past might can be put to work right now.

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