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1970s Berlin Restaurant Transformed into Graffiti Art Tower

1970s Berlin Restaurant Transformed into Graffiti Art Tower

A tower restaurant built back in the 70s in Berlin has recently gotten an urban street-inspired face lift! The retro eatery, known by Berliners as the "Bierpinsel" (Beer Brush), no longer serves food with

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Original 1959 Airstream Restored Into Architect’s Fantastic Mobile Studio

Original 1959 Airstream Restored Into Architect’s Fantastic Mobile Studio

The metamorphosis happened at a friend’s sculpture studio, and it was almost like an archeological dig. While they were cleaning up the travel trailer they found all sorts of artifacts and objects

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London’s Metal-Clad Town Hall Hotel is a Radical Renovation of a Classic Building

London’s Metal-Clad Town Hall Hotel is a Radical Renovation of a Classic Building

The Edwardian town hall on Cambridge Heath Road fell on hard times in the 90’s, when the neo-classical building was rarely used save as a shooting location for films. It was bought by a hotel developer,

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Black Pearl House: Stunning Dutch Renovation is Harmoniously Eclectic

Black Pearl House: Stunning Dutch Renovation is Harmoniously Eclectic

The reworking of the dilapidated building was anything but modest. The ground floor is now an open-air wood shop that leads to a bamboo garden patio in the back. The narrow, white stairs open to the main

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The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The courtyard is now the largest event space in Washington D.C, complete with fully grown trees. The lattice work of the ceiling is reflected in the unique water feature on the floor, and the feeling of

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Spanish Train Station Renovated Into A Green-Roofed Youth & Public Art Center

Spanish Train Station Renovated Into A Green-Roofed Youth & Public Art Center

The site of the train station was owned and operated by the Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha (FEVE light rail line), but the station had fallen into disuse. Since it's located in a very busy part of the

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19th Century Fortress Transformed Into Beautiful Boutique Hotel

19th Century Fortress Transformed Into Beautiful Boutique Hotel

The former fortress is located on 88 acres of private land at the point of the Bay of Palma. The entire fortress has been converted into a boutique hotel with 24 luxury rooms and maintains 2 km of private

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Chapel Transformed Into Stunning Modern Residence in Utrecht

Chapel Transformed Into Stunning Modern Residence in Utrecht

Older churches were built to stand the test of time, like this small Catholic chapel in Utrecht. Instead of tearing it down to make way for more housing, the chapel was converted into a very modern

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How to Green Your Home With Windows From Marvin Windows Expert Christine Marvin

How to Green Your Home With Windows From Marvin Windows Expert Christine Marvin

Over the last few weeks our exclusive Green Home Expert editorial series has brought you a bounty of tips on how to green your home with advice from the greatest green minds in architecture, interior

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Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

The 150 year old Quaker house, now a small museum, needed structural improvements and a new place for gatherings. The design takes advantage of the work by inserting underfloor heating tubing into the old

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Extraordinary Renovation of Berlin’s Neues Museum Wins 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award

Extraordinary Renovation of Berlin’s Neues Museum Wins 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award

The museum's most famous piece, the bust of Nefertiti, has returned to its place in the museum after 70 years of absence. Over the course of the 19th century the museum has seen war and decay severely

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The 10,000th LEED Home Receives Its Certification!

The 10,000th LEED Home Receives Its Certification!

The U.S. Green Building Council received an early Earth Day present last week, as the 10,000th green home was granted LEED certification in Tacoma, Washington. The home is part of the Tacoma Housing

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Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Construction began this week on Foster & Partner's CityCenter DC - one of the United States' largest and most important urban redevelopment projects. The ten acre convention center will be transformed

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Australian Church Gets New Life as Breathtaking Luxury Apartments

Australian Church Gets New Life as Breathtaking Luxury Apartments

Baker Kavanagh Architects saw this abandoned heritage church as a prime opportunity to transform the space into two gorgeous luxury apartments. Located in Bondi, New South Wales, the landmark's façade

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Abandoned Silos Transformed Into a Climbing Gym

Abandoned Silos Transformed Into a Climbing Gym

The city of Amsterdam wasn't quite sure what to do with three abandoned sewage treatment silos, so they decided to hold a competition to determine the best adaptive reuse project. One of the projects

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Beautiful Barn Renovation Literally Turns an Old Farmhouse Inside Out

Beautiful Barn Renovation Literally Turns an Old Farmhouse Inside Out

Back in 2000, the crafty geniuses at Shed spent some time on Whidbey Island getting to know the lay of the land, the original barn and how the light moves across the floor as the sun passes through the

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700-Year Old Italian Farmhouse Renovated with Delicate Filigree Screens

700-Year Old Italian Farmhouse Renovated with Delicate Filigree Screens

The masserie were built to protect the inhabitants - either the landowner and his family or his workers. The architecture was of Arabic, Greek and Norman influence and exteriors were strong, while

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Barcelona Printing Press Renovated Into Industrial-Chic Modern Loft

Barcelona Printing Press Renovated Into Industrial-Chic Modern Loft

The allure of the old infused with the new could not be more pronounced in this studio retrofit of an aging printing press in downtown Barcelona. Minim Interior Architects subtly slipped modern elements

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Zecc Architects Convert 1930s Water Tower Into Sleek Nine Story Home

Zecc Architects Convert 1930s Water Tower Into Sleek Nine Story Home

True to their reputation, the Dutch have pioneered boatloads of eco-initiatives like this extraordinary home built from billboards and umbrellas. In the case of this water tower home, all of the materials

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Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Apparently crime is down in Hong Kong, because the historical district is trying to figure out what to do with the disused Central Police Station. Architecture giants Herzog and De Meuron in collaboration

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High-Speed Rail Threatens to Topple Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Italy

High-Speed Rail Threatens to Topple Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Italy

While politicians on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. are debating the benefits of high-speed rail, the news in Italy is that Michelangelo’s statue of David may be at risk of being toppled by the

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Vader House: Historic Victorian With a Modern Twist

Vader House: Historic Victorian With a Modern Twist

In Melbourne, long before city planning regulations were set into place, houses like this Victorian took advantage and built tall boundary walls. So when the owners of this house wanted to renovate their

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Historic Portland Building Revamped into LEED Platinum Mercy Corps Headquarters

Historic Portland Building Revamped into LEED Platinum Mercy Corps Headquarters

The Packer-Scott building was originally built in 1892, and has long been a landmark in Portland. In order to reflect the mission of Mercy Corps, THA restored and reused 75% the original structure. A new

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Aging Ford Plant Revitalized Into Stunning Commercial Space

Aging Ford Plant Revitalized Into Stunning Commercial Space

Photo © Billy Hustace After producing Ford cars, Jeeps and outfitting tanks during WWII, the huge complex sat vacant upon closing down in the fifties. Then the 1989 Loma Peralta earthquake forced the

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Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

As you might expect from one of the leading manufacturers of photovoltaics in the US, the roof of SunPower's HQ is entirely coated in solar panels. The company's goal for the facility was to combine

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Reclaimed Materials From A Missouri Barn Becomes Dynamic Design Event Space

Reclaimed Materials From A Missouri Barn Becomes Dynamic Design Event Space

Ann Willoughby was looking for a retreat and storage space to compliment her existing barn on her working farm outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The Willoughby Design Barn is actually brand new

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Ancient Dominican Church Renovated into Modern Bookstore

Ancient Dominican Church Renovated into Modern Bookstore

An old Dominican church originally constructed in 1294 is now a “brand new” bookstore in the heart of Maastricht.

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Old Factory Transformed into a Bright Modern Loft by Zecc Architects

Old Factory Transformed into a Bright Modern Loft by Zecc Architects

The inside of the building boasts 250 m2 of living space that, despite the lack of walls, is partitioned into livable areas. Living, working and eating spaces are defined using colorful mats, a cool

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Old Garage Transformed into a Cool Co-op Office In Central Madrid

Old Garage Transformed into a Cool Co-op Office In Central Madrid

The former garage situated between the two main train stations in Madrid fell into disrepair and was basically untouched since the 1940's. Officials of The Hub and ch + qs architects saw that it was still

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Old Fishing Warehouses Transformed into Rooftop Penthouses In Holland

Old Fishing Warehouses Transformed into Rooftop Penthouses In Holland

The coast of Holland once played host to a large fishing industry. As such, a number of large warehouses lined the waterfront to accept the fish. But when the fishing industry downsized, many of these old

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