Green renovation

One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

As we see the stock market spiral downwards while investors pick their jaws off the floor and rush to safer securities, we have an investment suggestion of our own. Home energy efficiency retrofits can be

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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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Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

The Water Cube, originally designed by Australian firm PTW Architects with the help of Arup, was already an amazing work of architecture that garnered a number of awards and had some record-breaking

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Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

The goal of the renovation was to reintroduce the concept of nature alongside a wide and very busy street. Additionally, the clients hoped to improve the commercial appeal of the building through a more

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Supersonic Wind Tunnel Building Renovated Into Daylit ACCD South Campus In Pasadena

Supersonic Wind Tunnel Building Renovated Into Daylit ACCD South Campus In Pasadena

The original facility helped aircraft companies test their designs until after the Cold War, when Dacor Corporation took it over to build high-end kitchen appliances. The arts college, which is based on

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SF Artist Jay Nelson Hacks Vehicles Into Incredible Faceted Mobile Homes

SF Artist Jay Nelson Hacks Vehicles Into Incredible Faceted Mobile Homes

Nelson, who is originally from Southern California, studied painting and drawing at both Bard and CCA. His work draws upon his love of surfing, the beach and experiences he had as a child helping his

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Ruins of 16th Century Spanish House Converted to Modern Academy

Ruins of 16th Century Spanish House Converted to Modern Academy

The large stone and plaster house was first built in the 1500s, and it went through several awkward additions before it was finally abandoned. Now the property, surrounded by an industrial park, is a

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Minneapolis Grain Exchange Renovated Into CoCo Collaborative Office

Minneapolis Grain Exchange Renovated Into CoCo Collaborative Office

For a reasonable monthly fee, an individual or a group can rent office space in either of the CoCo offices. Renters enjoy a slew of perks, like a PO box, storage space, access to bike and car rentals,

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Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Built in the 1880's the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized

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Sydney Church Renovated Into A Chic Home Complete With Indoor Pool

Sydney Church Renovated Into A Chic Home Complete With Indoor Pool

The larger residence, featured here, is a three bedroom, three bath home situated on three levels, with an extra room that can serve as an office. Charms from the original church like the soaring

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Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

The seven-mile-per-side square of land that is San Francisco, densely settled for decades with precious little to spare in the way of developable land, is poised to embark upon one of the country’s most

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Gorgeous Geometric Facade Crowns Solar-Powered Office in Italy

Gorgeous Geometric Facade Crowns Solar-Powered Office in Italy

Many different departments are housed within the office - in includes space for marketing, administration, design, retail and a showroom. Because the needs of businesses change over time, Modo made the

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Beautiful Somerset Dairy Barn Renovation Lights up at Night

Beautiful Somerset Dairy Barn Renovation Lights up at Night

On the outside, the home appears similar to a barn -- with an entrance designed to deter any would-be callers despite the warm glow that seems to exude through the horizontal slats. Upon entering, any

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Vintage Trailer Transformed Into Adorable Holiday Hair Studio in Portland

Vintage Trailer Transformed Into Adorable Holiday Hair Studio in Portland

We found out about Robin and her sweet studio through an interview over at Re-nest where she describes her average day. We love that rather than going off to find a bigger home with a place for her hair

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VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

The architects stuck to the existing materials as much as possible though certain interventions, such as upgrading the outer walls and roofs, were necessary, as was insulating the building to improve its

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Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

The house is part of a small abandoned farm in the middle of the village. The original building was demolished down to its stone wall walk-out basement, which was then stabilized for the new house. Using

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Manhattan Beach Post Office Transformed Into Hip New LA Restaurant

Manhattan Beach Post Office Transformed Into Hip New LA Restaurant

With the aim of creating a nostalgic throwback, as well as a place where local residents would want to come and hang out, the firm and restaurant's owners set out to create a space with a uniquely local

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Former Gin Distillery Transformed into Thriving Cultural Center in Holland

Former Gin Distillery Transformed into Thriving Cultural Center in Holland

Originally constructed in 1692, the historic building remains remarkably intact. The design team remodeled both the exterior and interior to give it a new form and an upscale design. Complete with a youth

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Antwerp Water Tower Transformed Into Translucent 6-Story Apartment

Antwerp Water Tower Transformed Into Translucent 6-Story Apartment

The water tower stood empty for many years before the city decided to sell it. A local landscape architect jumped at the chance to make it into his dream home. Working with Jo Crepain, the two created a

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Medieval Italian Castle Transformed into Modern Mountain Museum

Medieval Italian Castle Transformed into Modern Mountain Museum

Development on the project started in 2008, and since then EM2 has focused on restoring the castle’s façade and interior while creating a fine exhibition space. The architects constructed most of the

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Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

After a year’s work refurbishing the much loved 1912 Edwardian library and constructing a new glass building next to it, the BREEAM excellent space at the heart of the town’s Conservation Area is now

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Historic Bogue Warehouse Transformed into Outstanding Solar Powered Offices in Salt Lake City

Historic Bogue Warehouse Transformed into Outstanding Solar Powered Offices in Salt Lake City

The Bogue Supply Company was a mining machinery retailer and provided custom one of a kind pieces and repairs. The company utilized a number of buildings including a machine shop, a pattern shop and a

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PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

Kind and enthusiastic Pablo Blefari showed us around the space, and as soon as we entered the building, we were welcomed by a reception space that is both colorful and clean. Small replicas of  local

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Rothschild Foundation Moves Into Beautifully Renovated Windmill Hill Dairy Farm

Rothschild Foundation Moves Into Beautifully Renovated Windmill Hill Dairy Farm

Windmill Hill features a series of buildings and courtyards that make strong references to the site's agricultural past. The facility houses a Reading Room, archives storage, meeting rooms, and offices

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Spectacular Huercal-Overa Lookout Tower Gets A Rustic Upgrade

Spectacular Huercal-Overa Lookout Tower Gets A Rustic Upgrade

Disturbing the site as little as possible was important to the architects so they worked around the topography as much as they could. And they chose shapes and materials that emphasized the aesthetic

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SANAA Unveils La Samaritaine Renovation Plans Complete with Transparent Glass Facade

SANAA Unveils La Samaritaine Renovation Plans Complete with Transparent Glass Facade

La Samaritaine was first built back in 1870 and over the years grew and spread out to encompass an entire block. Various architects and designers were involved in the construction and renovation of the

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Green Renovation Of Tour First, France’s Tallest Skyscraper, is Now Complete

Green Renovation Of Tour First, France’s Tallest Skyscraper, is Now Complete

At first conceived as three wings spiraling out from a central core, the newly renovated tower retains the original concept, but adds to it in many significant ways. First, the tower's height was

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Gorgeous Underground Museum Hides Below Buenos Aires’ Government House

Gorgeous Underground Museum Hides Below Buenos Aires’ Government House

The Museo del Bicentenario blends history and modern technology in an elegant and conscientious way, deep under Buenos Aires’ Pink Governmental House. Its 54,000 square foot galleries stretch in and out

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Former Golden Crust Bakery Renovated into a Delicious New Living Space

Former Golden Crust Bakery Renovated into a Delicious New Living Space

Much of the exterior brickwork was left intact - including the original painted Golden Crust Bakery signage. Inside, however, the rooms are airy and modern with white walls and minimalist furniture that

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