Green renovation

Tour Bois-le-Prêtre: 60′s Parisian Social Housing Tower Renovated into Gleaming Efficient Apartment Complex

Tour Bois-le-Prêtre: 60′s Parisian Social Housing Tower Renovated into Gleaming Efficient Apartment Complex

The 17-story building was conceived as a low-cost social housing block - one of many that popped up throughout Europe at the time. A façade renovation 20 years ago eliminated much of the character of the

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne’s Psychedelic Renovated Warehouse is Fit for a Rock Star

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne’s Psychedelic Renovated Warehouse is Fit for a Rock Star

The couple took an integral role in the renovation and extension of the residence, working with Fitzsimmons Architects to adjoin six properties around the Coyne property to eventually create a

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Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

We see a lot of amazing renovations here at Inhabitat, but we were particularly impressed by this former military school that has been transformed into a BREEAM excellent building by Vikar&Lukacs

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Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State, Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries is a beautiful exhibition space set within a renovated Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) box printing facility.

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Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

The tiny satellite campus is the collaborative effort of Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university, and the bank Bancomer. The project was developed to provide education for low-income

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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BIG Makes a Splash With Sweeping Wave-Shaped St. Petersburg Pier

BIG Makes a Splash With Sweeping Wave-Shaped St. Petersburg Pier

St. Petersburg Pier was originally a train pier that was used to offload goods from boats, but as deep water ports developed, the pier became obsolete and residents of the area began using it for

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Guardia Civil Quarters in Algueña Transformed into a Shimmering Cultural Center

Guardia Civil Quarters in Algueña Transformed into a Shimmering Cultural Center

The original checkpoint building was upgraded with a new minimalist modern addition. The expansive façade of the new structure is covered with iridescent ceramic tiles. The square pattern changes with

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Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

The project entailed completely upgrading and renovating the entire stretch of railroad between the two coastal towns. Converted to a walking path, the promenade also includes a creation of vantage points

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Álvaro Siza’s Renovated Carlos Ramos Pavilion is a Contemplative Studio for Architecture Students

Álvaro Siza’s Renovated Carlos Ramos Pavilion is a Contemplative Studio for Architecture Students

The restored two-storey building began its life as an architecture school in the Portuguese port town. The buildings are now arranged with a shared courtyard in the center and large windows overlooking

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MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

What is striking about the home is how well the old and the new have been integrated. Relying on modern glass and old stone walls, the fusion creates a mix of hard and soft, and the result is an open,

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Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

In 2006, St. Edward's University completed the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center and their faculty moved from Fleck Hall into the new facility. At the time, the plans were to demolish Fleck Hall

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BIG to Transform Swiss Transitlager Warehouse Into a Hip Urban Development

BIG to Transform Swiss Transitlager Warehouse Into a Hip Urban Development

BIG was one of several invited firms to propose concepts for the transformation of the warehouse and their winning proposal goes beyond merely renovating the old structure. BIG's Transitlager scheme

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AART Architecture’s Elsinore Culture Center Encloses a Historic Shipyard With a Crystalline Facade

AART Architecture’s Elsinore Culture Center Encloses a Historic Shipyard With a Crystalline Facade

The minimalist renovation preserves elements from the original warehouse like iron rod staircases and exposed concrete and brick. This combination creates an open interior space that encourages

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Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Plans for Park Hill began in the 1940s when Sheffield was desperately in need of housing after the war, but construction did not commence until 1957 and was not completed until 1961. The project, which

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Wilton’s: World’s Oldest Grand Music Hall Undergoing Magnificent Restoration in London

Wilton’s: World’s Oldest Grand Music Hall Undergoing Magnificent Restoration in London

After twenty-two years as an event space, Wilton’s was handed from landlord to landlord until performances ceased in 1880. At that point it was taken over by a Methodist Mission for 80 years - the

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Vintage 1970′s Airstream Trailer Transformed Into a Mobile Live + Work Studio

Vintage 1970′s Airstream Trailer Transformed Into a Mobile Live + Work Studio

Santa Barbara-based architect Matthew Hofmann recently completed a contemporary renovation of a vintage 1970's Airstream trailer into a mobile live and work studio. The architect now calls the small, yet

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Studio Gang’s Brick Weave House Adds a Modern Touch to a Traditional Material

Studio Gang’s Brick Weave House Adds a Modern Touch to a Traditional Material

The original plan was to remodel the original brick building located on the city’s west side, but when fire damage was uncovered plans needed to be rethought. While much of the building had to be torn

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Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

The San Telmo Museum was originally a convent, and the team of architects in charge of the renovation worked towards respecting its primitive shapes and original looks. First opened in 1902, the building

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

The mobile library is currently located at the corner of “Otets Paisiy” Street and “General Gurko” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The location was chosen for multiple reasons. First, Otets Paisiy

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Taichung InfoBox Is a Bamboo Clad Community Space Retrofit of an Airport Hanger

Taichung InfoBox Is a Bamboo Clad Community Space Retrofit of an Airport Hanger

The original thought was to reclaim an airport terminal for displays of the proposed green development, but when the budget came in so low, the design team took a fresh tact by reclaiming the immense

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Urban Renewal Initiative Revitalizes Three Historic Sites in New Delhi, India

Urban Renewal Initiative Revitalizes Three Historic Sites in New Delhi, India

The Urban Renewal Initiative in New Delhi, India, is a program that promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spaces in historic cities in the Muslim World. The restoration and

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MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

The massive site totals over 147,000 square feet, including 26,000 square feet of existing buildings. The architects' solution was to build on top of the existing halls, adding three new levels. The new

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BOOK REVIEW: Restoring a House in the City

BOOK REVIEW: Restoring a House in the City

It was a great pleasure to step away from the computer and check out a fabulously beautiful book sent to us by Artisan publishers on the eco-friendly practice of restoring townhomes, brownstones and row

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San Francisco’s Waterfront To Get Green Makeover In Lead-Up To America’s Cup

San Francisco’s Waterfront To Get Green Makeover In Lead-Up To America’s Cup

Under design giant AECOM’s leadership, a wide swath of temporary and permanent installations will be built along San Francisco's waterfront to accommodate race infrastructure as well as a massive influx

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Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

The building is designated in the National Register, so its renovation had to preserve the site's historic architectural integrity. Envelope a+d responded to this challenge with a design that embraces the

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San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

One of the Harrison Street Residences lies parallel to the street, cloaking the inner courtyard and allowing for greater privacy, space and light shared within a dense urban area. The second residence

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