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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

The summer house was built into the footprint of the existing structure using western red cedar, oak, and slate stone. Two glass walls, one hidden beneath retractable shutters, look out over the greens

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

Lima-based 51-1 arquitectos where commended to adapt an existing home with a small back garden for a new family. But as the new owners wanted plenty of grassy outdoors, they had to come up with a

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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She’s a brick (guest) house… but she used to be a laundry room

She’s a brick (guest) house… but she used to be a laundry room

The brick guesthouse measures just 8' 2" x 11' 6" feet, or approximately 93 square feet. The guesthouse may be small, but it has enough space to include a full kitchen tucked along the back wall. The

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Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

This incredible rooftop garden is the product of an inspired retrofit that re-imagined a mediocre three-story home into six bright and beautiful apartments in Ekoda, Tokyo. Designed by Suppose Design

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TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

The first thing the architects did for this pop-up house designed for a thirty-something bachelor, was remove all of the dividing walls, fittings and fixtures. Then they divided the space efficiently

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Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Olson Kundig Architects’ design preserves the building’s charm while optimizing to accommodate a contemporary workspace. Erin Sarofsky, the owner and creative director of Sarofsky, is known for her

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the project at no

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and materials. Large windows

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Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, "green" buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk

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OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

The renovation was meant to allow visitors to get closer to the building's interior design. Elevated walkways and stairways are integrated within the original space and amplify the architectural qualities

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White Arkitekter’s Stunning Hotel Extension Blends Swedish Architecture With Japanese Interiors

White Arkitekter’s Stunning Hotel Extension Blends Swedish Architecture With Japanese Interiors

Japanese architect Yoji Kasajima built the Yasuragi Spa Hotel back in 1970. Located on Cape Hasseludden, it was first used as a conference center before it was turned into a Japanese-style hotel in

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Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Kuehn Malvezzi’s winning design will bring a new insectarium to the site. The project includes a string of buildings that will take visitors through the metamorphic life process of bugs from different

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Nurturing Kids and Community in a Refurbished 100-Year-Old Japanese House

Nurturing Kids and Community in a Refurbished 100-Year-Old Japanese House

Most of us remember our favorite childhood playgrounds, where families got together to socialize and kids had the opportunity to run around and play. Many urban areas are noticeably devoid of such spaces,

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Creative Polish Bakery Uses Recycled Baking Trays as Wall Tiles

Creative Polish Bakery Uses Recycled Baking Trays as Wall Tiles

With 18 stores in Toruń, one of the oldest cities in Poland, this traditional bakery has renovated its store and its character. Tasked with the renovation, Poznań-based Mode:lina architekci left the

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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel - a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China's latest

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London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order

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Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Pura Home mixes avant-garde design with natural materials, and this sweet, low stool combines a natural wood frame with a tactile woollen cushion. Estudio Modo Casa designed a dark, masculine

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval "a milestone day in our goal to bring 'America’s Last Great Train Station' into the 21st century," adding that "Metro is now on the move

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Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

Studio Gang Architects just unveiled plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into a clean green school. Beloit College commissioned Studio Gang to develop the site

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

When the weather changes, often times, your energy bill does, too. To keep your bills lower during the cold and hot months, as well as have a positive impact on the environment by going green, Shea

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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