Green renovation

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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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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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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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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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

The design approach was based on the teaching of the Schola Riccatiana and the concept of absolute beauty achieved through the relationship between architecture, mathematics and music. The architects used

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

MM++ Architects reduced the Thao dien House to it most minimal expression and then wrapped it with living walls. An extreme renovation turned the dated ugly building into a modern home. The new design

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

Last year's CASA FOA was set at the old Tornquist Bank; a 1926 Neoclassical National Monument right in right Buenos Aires' city center. Architect Julio Oropel's Wine Bar Trapiche welcomed visitors

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

The couple had a strong aesthetic idea when they first approached Cousins. Their ideas ranged from Atelier Bow Wow’s Mountain House to other unconventional small spaces by Japanese architects. This

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This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

The Pool Aoyama sells nautical clothing and accessories in a restored swimming pool located within a vintage residential building. Set in the trendy shopping area of Aoyama, its owned by the grandfather

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the north of Porto, the

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke - there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean's ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the

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