Green renovation

Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

A former Philips warehouse, Radio Royaal keeps the spirit of a bygone era intact. Gardenier told Inhabitat that they initially hired an architect for the restoration of the factory, but quickly got rid

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Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

One of the main goals for Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) was to improve the visual presence of the building, and improve the interconnectivity of the athletic facilities and the rest of the school. The

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DHV Architects Sustainable Head Office Remodel is a Finalist in the Dutch Design Awards

DHV Architects Sustainable Head Office Remodel is a Finalist in the Dutch Design Awards

During the renovation, the character of the building, which is located in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, was left intact, from the airy floor plan to the ample daylight for workers. To build on this

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The Oatmeal Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million to Turn Old Nikola Tesla Lab Into a Museum

The Oatmeal Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million to Turn Old Nikola Tesla Lab Into a Museum

Matthew Inman, better known as the creator of the online cartoon, "The Oatmeal", may quite possibly have pulled off the greatest feat of crowdsourcing in recent memory.  After hearing that Nikola Tesla's

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Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

The devastating Joplin tornado killed over 150 people and destroyed many of the area schools including the high school. Rather than bus students to neighboring schools districts, the superintendent

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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and

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TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

An icon for innovation, iWEB was first unveiled at the Floriade World Exhibition in 2002. The pavilion looks like a grounded flying saucer, and it functions as a multidisciplinary facility, encouraging

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Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtraks unveiled plans on July 25th to give D.C.'s Union Station a major overhaul and a slew of new upgrades. The original Daniel Burnham-designed station will remain as is architecturally, but will

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Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as

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Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

This 3000 square-foot renovation, which was completed in August 2010, was recently recognized by the National AIA as a Small Project Award Winner for 2012. The dramatic transformation performed by Tuscany

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7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

Anila is editor-at-large at Loco2, a small company mad enough to tackle the complexities of European rail by making online ticket booking more accessible, giving expert advice in the Engine Room forum and

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Rocking Horse Redevelopment Turns a Foreclosure Into an Award-Winning Energy Efficient G Home In Phoenix

Rocking Horse Redevelopment Turns a Foreclosure Into an Award-Winning Energy Efficient G Home In Phoenix

The key improvements to the home include adding curb appeal and reducing energy consumption by more than 50%. The curb appeal improvements aren’t just for the home itself, but they also help with the

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Mt. Sinai Renovation’s Winged Bamboo Screen Soars Over Singapore

Mt. Sinai Renovation’s Winged Bamboo Screen Soars Over Singapore

Whereas most contemporary designers restrict their use of bamboo to cosmetic finishes, TOPOS has used it as a structural component as well. The wing that tops the green renovation promotes natural

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Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Located in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood, the GSW Headquarters consists of an ensemble of five distinct architectural volumes. The building also houses Checkpoint Energy, which is the city's spot for

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Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (which is only a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station) was modernized by Dok Architecten, who enhanced the clean geometry of the courtyard building's plan and in the

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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Erik’s Design Buss is a Non-Conformist Mobile Design Studio in Sweden

Erik’s Design Buss is a Non-Conformist Mobile Design Studio in Sweden

Equipped with photo and printing capability, the lively mobile home and studio travels throughout Sweden, picking up small commissions along the way. Specializing in producing menus, animation, brochures

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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Historic German Mill Transformed Into Dramatic Underground Stahlemuhle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer

Historic German Mill Transformed Into Dramatic Underground Stahlemuhle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer

Behind the rustic doors of the old Stählemühle mill now lie sleek, dramatically lit minimal rooms with exposed concrete walls and simple wood furnishings. Mainzer describes his creative intent as

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Star Wars Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Igloo-Shaped Home in Tunisia!

Star Wars Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Igloo-Shaped Home in Tunisia!

Dermul is a frequent visitor to Tunisia, having served as a guide to the filming locations of the fictional planet of Tatooine (Luke and Anakin Skywalker's home planet) for more than a decade. According

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Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

In addition to providing a shield against the summer sun, the singular rectangular screen is laid in horizontal strips with gaps in-between that allows natural light to penetrate the home's interior. The

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Opus 5 Crowns a 17th-Century Convent With a Glistening Concert Hall

Opus 5 Crowns a 17th-Century Convent With a Glistening Concert Hall

Having undergone several incarnations since it was first built in 1646, the beautiful Convent of the Penitents in northern France was eventually converted into the Louviers music school in 1990. Much of

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Buijtenkeuken is a Mobile Kitchen for the Dutch Countryside

Buijtenkeuken is a Mobile Kitchen for the Dutch Countryside

Part of a multi-year project that has five components (including an outdoor brewery, nursery and mini-hotel), Buijtenkeuken is designed to re-examine the relationship between human activities and the

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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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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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