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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

This ex-Coast Guard light station located off the coast of North Carolina once helped ships avoid the nearby shallow areas, but today it functions as an extreme hotel with eight ocean-facing rooms. The

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Boiler Central is a gorgeous renovated hub for creatives in Denmark

Boiler Central is a gorgeous renovated hub for creatives in Denmark

The 1,200-square-meter (13,000-square-foot) refurbished brick building will become home to over 30 creative companies, as part of an effort to “combine innovation, creativity, design and business

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1970’s Roman apartment reconfigured as modern Twin Flats

1970’s Roman apartment reconfigured as modern Twin Flats

Italian architecture firm Officina Leonardo renovated an apartment in a 1970's building in Rome, creating a more spacious living area dominated by wood cladding. The project includes two self-contained

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Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Italian architecture firm Messner Architects renovated a traditional alpine workshop and transformed it into a much more spacious workspace bathed in natural light. The building, owned by a sculptor and

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Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners just completed the first building of the Château Margaux winery in Bordeaux, which includes refurbished buildings, a large new vinery and Vinothèque and existing two-century old

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Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

People have been growing food and raising livestock across the United States for centuries—even in cities. But it wasn't until around the 1970s that backyard produce started showing up on sidewalks as

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Traditional Swiss ski chalet renovated into two modern flex-space units

Traditional Swiss ski chalet renovated into two modern flex-space units

A traditional ski chalet in the Swiss Alps has been transformed into two timber-clad apartments by Dutch architect Christian Müller. Named Casa Sur Ual, the historic home rests in the idyllic village of

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This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

You wouldn't think it, but this modern suburban home located in Melbourne, Australia, was once a small timber cottage. Dubbed "Green House", the structure is topped with a roof made completely of

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PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural

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Rural writer’s nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

Rural writer’s nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the Normandie region of northern France. Designed to nurture

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FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

The eclectic House for Essex, commissioned for philosopher and critic Alain de Botton's Living Architecture program, is a fairytale-inspired holiday home. Architecture studio FAT and artist Grayson Perry

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Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Originally deigned by Denys Lasdun in 1976, London's National Theatre is considered one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture for the public sector. Comprised of three auditoriums and a suite

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to accommodate public

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Japanese design studio Tato Architects transformed an old house in Kamisawa in Hyogo Prefecture, into a single-storey residence for a young couple. The architects tore down the entire interior of the

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Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

+ Chevalier Architectes Photos by Alexandre Mermillod courtesy of v2com

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Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Set in the rear garden property of a large Edwardian home, the Z Square house harmonizes with the landscape with its linear design and integration of nature throughout. Inside, the house features an open

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How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Thanks to a new wave of designers who find value in recycling materials, office renovations no longer have to cost thousands of dollars. Japan's Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was approached by a video

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This abandoned 300-year-old home was turned into a cafe wrapped in a bamboo frame

This abandoned 300-year-old home was turned into a cafe wrapped in a bamboo frame

The cafe's house was part of a dozen of abandoned homes, where families flew the small town of Kasang-ri Kyung-book to go to the city. The cafe arises after the architects removed and added new walls

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City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

The clients' brief was to make the library more visible from the street and that it will stand out with its very own identity among other services in the same building. But the architects' task wasn't

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Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Tetchan is located in Kichijoji, a suburb in Western Tokyo that is popular for its hip boutiques, convenient department stores and large park. The architect sums it up better “A wondrous bystreet that

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19th-Century fort with tower turned into charming guesthouse in Greece

19th-Century fort with tower turned into charming guesthouse in Greece

The Tainaron Blue Retreat rises from a crag overlooking the Greek coastline of Cape Tainaron. Originally a 19th-century fortified tower, it was restored and converted into a luxury 3-suites accommodation.

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Industrial meets modern through reclaimed materials in Serbia’s Old Mill Belgrade Hotel

Industrial meets modern through reclaimed materials in Serbia’s Old Mill Belgrade Hotel

The historic “Old Mill” building in Old Beograd, Serbia, has undergone a breathtaking transformation into a 4 Star hotel, conference center, and spa. GRAFT Architects have introduced alluring curves

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Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

pic Facebook is still getting settled in their brand-new headquarters designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and they must really 'like' it because they've got plans in the works to add two more

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Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP) revamped an incomplete property that was started in the 1950s to create an open, modernist residence that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living called

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Thomas Keller is giving the French Laundry a Louvre-inspired makeover

Thomas Keller is giving the French Laundry a Louvre-inspired makeover

International design firm Snohetta has been chosen to work along with Envelope A +D and Harrison, Koellner, LLC to renovate the legendary French Laundry. Once completed, the landmark restaurant will have

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Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

The three halls on the Ezelsveldlaan were built at the start of the twentieth century as a laboratory for the department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, to teach the workings of steam and combustion

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Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

WT Architecture has previous experience with transforming old ruins into stunning new homes. In 2011, we featured their award-winning The White House, in which they turned a crumbling stone facade into an

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Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

This 19th century Lanhaus-country house- is located in a small village near Berlin. The architects renovated its large double-height hall, removed damaged and rotten structure, leaving the well preserved

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

The historic stone chapel was built in 1877 from bluestone. Although the religious effects are long gone, the façade still boasts the original church bell, which rang for the small village that

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