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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 While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards.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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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two spent a long

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

The Jumbo Hostel is housed within a retrofitted 747-200 situated in the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The jumbo jet has a long history of service - it was originally built for Singapore Airlines and even

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of the existing

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Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

The stylish barn is modernized with its blackened stain, which contrasts with the traditional notion of the ubiquitous red barn. Clapboards from the exterior have been removed and replaced with large

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Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

The Cité Radieuse’s rooftop originally served as a gym where residents could let of steam and work out while taking in beautiful city views of Marseille. The concrete volume rises in three distinct

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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New Jersey College Reduces Energy Costs and Bird Fatalities with CollidEscape Window Film

New Jersey College Reduces Energy Costs and Bird Fatalities with CollidEscape Window Film

Most of know by now that tens of millions of birds die every year from window collisions, but only recently have architects and designers begun to address this devastating issue on both residential and

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The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The restoration and development of the Palazzo Valperga Galleani, carried out by Building Engineering, was meant to re-functionalize a historically and architecturally important property In Turin. The

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

San Francisco-based Lundberg Design transformed one of their old projects, Heaven’s Dog, into one of the city’s most visited restaurants - The Coachman. The design team added around 600 square feet of

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Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

The developer that purchased the historic church in Palo Alto commissioned Lundberg Design to convert it into an office space and optimize the existing structure. The plan consisted of two phases – one

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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil’s Stadiums into Affordable Housing

As of this weekend, Brazil has to decide what to do with the stadiums and facilities built for the World Cup. Temporary buildings will be dismantled, some will be reused, but a large number of objects

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete photovoltaic solar

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FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

It's estimated that between 1 and 10 migratory birds die per building, per year... and in an average city, that means a lot of bird deaths. Toronto alone has over 950,000 registered buildings, which

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