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300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

The barn is located on a hill with a vantage over open farmland and woodlands. Wanting to preserve all that was good with the historic barn -- but still have a modern, efficient, functional home -- the

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Black Sheep House Looks Out to Sea

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Black Sheep House Looks Out to Sea

Black Sheep House was borne from the dream and hard work of Yorkshire couple Pete and Christine Hope. When they found an old stable in the remote location of the Isle of Harris, they decided to renovate

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Pinkeye Turns Upcycled Shoe Supply Store Into the Talk of Antwerp

Pinkeye Turns Upcycled Shoe Supply Store Into the Talk of Antwerp

There's nothing ho hum about the Shoe Supply store in Antwerp. Located in a discreet portion of this Belgian city's retail district, the owner wanted a design concept that would get everybody talking. But

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Madrid’s Palacio de Cibeles Renovated Into Jaw-Dropping CentroCentro Cultural Center

Madrid’s Palacio de Cibeles Renovated Into Jaw-Dropping CentroCentro Cultural Center

Photo © Sofía Menéndez Originally designed by architects Antonio Palacios y Joaquin Otamendi, Palacio de Cibeles (also known as Communications Palace) opened its doors in 1919 and quickly became a

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Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to be Resurrected as One of Europe’s Largest Urban Gardens

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to be Resurrected as One of Europe’s Largest Urban Gardens

The Tempelhof Airport was originally constructed in 1927, but it was reconstructed in 1934 under Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era. The limestone-clad 1.2

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Barcelona’s ‘Las Arenas’ Bullfighting Ring Transformed Into Epic Commercial Complex

Barcelona’s ‘Las Arenas’ Bullfighting Ring Transformed Into Epic Commercial Complex

The last bullfighting event at Las Arenas occurred in 1977, leaving the stadium a relic of an outdated Spanish tradition. Although bullfighting has somewhat fallen out of favor (outside of Pamplona that

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Restaurant Tierra: Chilean House Renovated into a Charming Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Restaurant Tierra: Chilean House Renovated into a Charming Restaurant and Coffee Shop

This charming restaurant and coffeehouse in downtown Melipilla, Chile lived a former life as an ordinary residence. Restaurant Tierra was remodeled and refurbished by Cavagnero Rojo Architects, and it now

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Ho Hum Post War House Transformed Into a Sanctuary of Modernest Bliss

Ho Hum Post War House Transformed Into a Sanctuary of Modernest Bliss

Once a mediocre post-war house built to minimal standards, Division1 Architects transformed the dated structure into a modernist nest for a growing family. The architects were asked to re-imagine the

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Herzog & de Meuron Repurpose Old Madrid Power Station With a Lush Vertical Garden

Herzog & de Meuron Repurpose Old Madrid Power Station With a Lush Vertical Garden

Herzog & de Meuron describe their transformation and renovation of Madrid’s Central Eléctrica de Mediodía into the art museum as if it were a surgical procedure. The brick building was completely

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The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

While the house appears to be pretty conventional from the outside, we can sense a mysterious that radiates from within. Surrounded by high trees, the has a solid front door facing the street and actually

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Hüttenpalast: Salvaged Campers Find A New Home In A Funky Budget Berlin Hotel

Hüttenpalast: Salvaged Campers Find A New Home In A Funky Budget Berlin Hotel

Hüttenpalast, or the Hut Palace, is a small hotel in the Neukölln neighborhood in southern Berlin. The masterminds behind the project wanted to share their neighborhood with tourists and give them a

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White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

Photo © Ross Evans The massive stone walls of the original home were doomed to failure as they were set on top of a sandy foundation and further eroded by treasure hunters searching for buried gold. A

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Holburn Museum Retrofit Gives a Classic Building a Modern Twist

Holburn Museum Retrofit Gives a Classic Building a Modern Twist

The new wing and is tucked directly behind the restored Georgian era mansion, and its scale mimics the classic proportions of the original estate. The design, however, diverges dramatically with its boxy

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Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

The conversion features a new façade and a series of rolling doors and window shutters that hide the patio, which is encased in glass. Natural light now penetrates deep into the converted space thanks to

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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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