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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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Creative NY Locksmith Uses Swirly Recycled Key Art to Decorate His Storefront

Creative NY Locksmith Uses Swirly Recycled Key Art to Decorate His Storefront

This ain't no ordinary locksmith shop. Look closer. Much closer. See those beautiful decorative swirls? Those are keys. There are thousands and thousands of keys plastered all over the front of this

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Italian Alps Barn Renovated Into a Solar-Powered Contemporary Retreat

Italian Alps Barn Renovated Into a Solar-Powered Contemporary Retreat

This rustic Alpine Barn in Selva di Cadore, Italy has been renovated into a low-impact retreat set in the dramatic Italian Alps. The barn is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so great strides were

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Award Winning Tasmanian Addition Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight

Award Winning Tasmanian Addition Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight

The project involved a complete reorganization of an existing dwelling and the addition of a new living room, veranda, courtyard and garage. The beautiful home is located on Trial Bay and the most

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Gensler’s Green SFO Terminal Renovation to be Completed this April

Gensler’s Green SFO Terminal Renovation to be Completed this April

The revamped airline terminal (SFO T2) will provide 14 gates for American Airlines and Virgin Airlines, which will be capable of handling 5.5 million enplaned passengers. All of the facilities -- from

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Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation Finds A Home In An Old Paper Warehouse

Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation Finds A Home In An Old Paper Warehouse

As you might expect for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, biking is a central facet of the work culture in the non-profit. Bike storage and showers for employees played a fairly central role in the design

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Intexure Architects Transform Parking Garage Into a Rooftop Zen Garden

Intexure Architects Transform Parking Garage Into a Rooftop Zen Garden

The 6,000 sf garden is divided into textural zones, with each serving as a distinct open or enclosed space for group meetings and quiet contemplation. A white tensile structure in the center gives way to

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Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

While the orangery is not an obvious part of the project, the family's home addition is connected to the old building on the west side. Built into the hillside, the building's rock base, which contains

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Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Restoration of the Iron Market is seen as a symbol of hope to the people of Haiti who are largely still living in tents and makeshift shelters. Amazingly, the project was completed in less than a year,

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Deloitte Centre: Auckland’s Most Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Building

Deloitte Centre: Auckland’s Most Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Building

Forming the cornerstone of the commercial building is the historic seven-story Jean Batten Building, which was built in the modern style in 1942. The Jean Batten Building serves as one of the corners of

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Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Renovating existing buildings in order to reduce environmental impact can be a daunting task, including a complete overhaul of indoor materials, furnishings, lighting, HVAC systems. Achieving LEED (EB)

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Spanish Palace’s Contemporary New Wing Sweeps Below Its Green Lawn

Spanish Palace’s Contemporary New Wing Sweeps Below Its Green Lawn

By sweeping underground and opening to the daylight with a angular façade, Isuuru Architects made a workplace and visitor center that does not compete with the original palace's sensibility. Built in

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Solar Park Transforms Old Viaducts Into Eco Education Centers

Solar Park Transforms Old Viaducts Into Eco Education Centers

Colombian firm Jaramillo-Azuero Architects (J-A) have proposed a plan to transform a series of obsolete Italian viaducts into a network of state-of-the-art, sustainable energy education and research

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