Green renovation

Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Dixon purchased the old 5,000-gallon water tank in 2005 with plans to build one of the most unique houses in London. Construction began in 2009, and although it isn't finished just yet, three floors of

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Fan-Shaped Bulhomen Cabin is Disguised by a Sedum-Moss Roof in Norway

Fan-Shaped Bulhomen Cabin is Disguised by a Sedum-Moss Roof in Norway

The new Bulhomen cabin is split into two main structures that separate day and nighttime activities. Both the southernmost part, where the sleeping cabins are held, and the split-level eastern flank have

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Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

The four existing apartment buildings were originally constructed between 1968 and 1972 and still had good bones of precast concrete and split face block, but were in need of upgrades in thermal comfort,

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Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

The former cold storage building is one of the larger buildings in the West Loop / Fulton Market, and it's a fixture of the neighborhood skyline. Judging from the renderings, the adaptive-reuse plan will

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Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Sant Francesc Church was originally built between 1721 and 1729 by Franciscan priests, but after centuries of use the space had fallen into neglect and was verging on becoming a junk yard. It had holes in

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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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Jean Nouvel Jazzes Up Moritz’s 19th Century Subterranean Brewery in Barcelona

Jean Nouvel Jazzes Up Moritz’s 19th Century Subterranean Brewery in Barcelona

The original Moritz Brewery was launched by a Catalan brewmaster in 1856. It shut down for 26 years before it was re-opened in 2004. Although the brewery's main operations take place in Zaragoza, the

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The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment was once home to an old Carlton tailor shop, but was renovated to become Zvi Belling's home. The brick facade was covered in swooshes, letters, arrows, and drips of concrete, to create

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Set in an almost lunar landscape, Hotel Furillen looks more like an abandoned factory than an eco-luxe hotel. The mix of top Nordic brands with soft luxurious interiors creates a high-class retreat

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Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet

Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet

Foster + Partners has been selected to renovate and redesign Cuba's School of Ballet, which was originally conceived by Fidel Castro. According to BDonline, the derelict school, which was never completed

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CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

The perforated aluminum rectilinear blocks are staggered not only to create a distinct visual identity, but also to promote optimum daylighting and greater energy efficiency. This combined with new glass

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Olson Kundig Converts Auto Garage Into Charles Smith’s Tasting Room in Walla Walla, Washington

Olson Kundig Converts Auto Garage Into Charles Smith’s Tasting Room in Walla Walla, Washington

Located in the center of Walla Walla on South Spokane Street is the Charles Smith Wines World Headquarters and Wine Tasting Room. The building was originally built in 1917 and was once the home to Johnson

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Green-Roofed Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco Also Has a Yoga Studio!

Green-Roofed Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco Also Has a Yoga Studio!

In addition to the swanky green roof, which is already populated by rows of leafy vegetables and provides a nice lunch spot for the company's jubilant employees, the new headquarters boasts a micro health

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Striking A-Framed Shingle House Sits on a Fragile Site in Southeast England

Striking A-Framed Shingle House Sits on a Fragile Site in Southeast England

Built on a 300mm thick concrete slab that was placed over the existing footprint in order to minimize site disturbance in the internationally-recognized nature reserve, the Shingle House chimney, hearth,

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Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

After nearly one decade of additions and renovations, it seems the Cloud House in Melbourne has finally reached its happy zenith. After passing through the conventional Edwardian threshold, visitors are

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The Shelter: Former Shanghai Bomb Shelter Transformed Into a Nightclub!

The Shelter: Former Shanghai Bomb Shelter Transformed Into a Nightclub!

The Shelter is one of the most popular venues showcasing Shanghai’s underground - as in subterranean and alternative - music scene. The Shelter has taken over one of the thousands of former bomb

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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

After adding 72 meters to the height of the building, Superkül brought in the vertical light shafts that extend across the length of the western wall. This allows light to permeate all the way down to

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Pro Skateboarder Transforms a Hunting Lodge into an Indoor Skatepark in Austria

Pro Skateboarder Transforms a Hunting Lodge into an Indoor Skatepark in Austria

28-year old pro skater, Phillip Schuster had a dream, and like many other boys around the world it was to have a skatepark in his house. So he bought an old hunting lodge in Salzburg, Austria with the

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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas' vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living.

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Green Renovation Gives Mid-Century Singapore Apartment a New Lease on Life

Green Renovation Gives Mid-Century Singapore Apartment a New Lease on Life

The original architectural finishes and details of this mid-century Singapore apartment were once hidden beneath decades of dust and grime - however it has now been sensitively restored to last another 50

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Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Unable to pay an architect or even a general contractor, Michelle involved herself in almost all aspects of the renovation. She stripped and painted an old bath and gave it new wooden legs, laid bamboo

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Carmody Groarke Transform An Abandoned London Gas Station Into A Glowing Temporary Restaurant

Carmody Groarke Transform An Abandoned London Gas Station Into A Glowing Temporary Restaurant

The studio renovated what remained of the existing structures, turning the canopy of the former station into a shelter for the forecourt, while the abandoned kiosk became a newly redesigned restaurant and

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Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Above the Evolution Bar, Barlica has designed a new Mediterranean restaurant, pictures of which are on their way, while below, the designer thought it prudent to maintain the ambience of the brickwork and

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Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

  The couple who owned the farm house are getting on in years and wanted to update their residence to provide more space for visitors and create a connection with the outdoors. They also

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Abandoned Warehouse in Chicago Undergoes Green Renovation To Become LEED Platinum Rated Office

Abandoned Warehouse in Chicago Undergoes Green Renovation To Become LEED Platinum Rated Office

The warehouse, which dates back to 1908, is a cavernous space that needed a huge amount of work; all windows and some exterior walls were removed while the rest were insulated. The designers attempted to

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Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Recycling cans couldn't get much quirkier or more lovable than these PACMAN containers that gobble-up garbage like their computerized namesake. Designed by Portuguese studio AND-RÉ, the cans are simple

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Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

The site for Sugarhouse Studios is located south of the Olympic Park in a former sign-writers workshop, which is scheduled for demolition 2013 as part of a new residential and business development. Rather

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Galveston’s Green Revival House is a LEED Platinum Renovation With Historic Charm

Galveston’s Green Revival House is a LEED Platinum Renovation With Historic Charm

Historic houses can become energy-efficient without losing charm - just look at the Galveston Historical Foundation's Green Revival House at 3101 Avenue Q in Galveston, Texas. The project started when GHF

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Ancient Roman Temple of Diana Restored With Unique Raised Visitor Platform

Ancient Roman Temple of Diana Restored With Unique Raised Visitor Platform

Over the last five years architecture studio José María Sánchez García was faced with the challenge of restoring Spain's ancient archaeological site the Temple of Diana. Located in the city of Merida,

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