Green renovation

Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Scoops 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Best New Building

Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Scoops 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Best New Building

The Astley Castle, in its present form, fits perfectly into Central England’s landscape of moated manors, medieval gateways, misty lakes and gardens. Its ruin-like façade conceals a contemporary

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1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

The former grocery store had been used as office space until the owners bought it and decided to turn it into a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. Located on Williams Street in an area that was once an

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Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Rather than destroy the arsenal to make way for a new home, Ralph Germann proposed to keep the structure and renovate it. To ensure a high level of efficiency while retaining the building's original

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Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

"The house refuses the romantic and nostalgic ode to the bygone countryside and scoops out its inspirations contrariwise from the contemporary farm sheds," said Sylvain Dubail and David Begert. Covered

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WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

A hot architecture firm in New Mexico recently transformed a walk-in ice cream freezer into a cool repurposed office! WAMO Studio architects Vahid Mojarrab and Carol Ware recently moved into an old Taos

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1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

The Hood Canal Boathouse was once a lightless and uninspired concrete block shelter for storing boats. Without altering the height or its footprint, Bosworth Hoedemaker have created a totally new

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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Eder Biesel Arkitekter's fish market gives the historic site a modern twist with an angular, daylight-filled "floating" volume. A glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market

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19th Century Railway Carriage Renovated Into a Gorgeous Carbon-Negative Home in Kent

19th Century Railway Carriage Renovated Into a Gorgeous Carbon-Negative Home in Kent

The new house is cradled inside a highly insulated timber structure, with the old carriage as the center point of the main living area. Fully glazed elevations, in combination with smaller openings, frame

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American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

West Oakland is a sprawling industrial area that's probably better known as the birth place of so much of the pyrotechnic art seen at Burning Man. However, amidst the smell of burning butane and steel

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape is a public courtyard and creative gathering space in front of the Freight building at the mixed-use Taxi Development in North Denver. Bordered by the Platte River to the east, the entire project

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Located in Ekaterinburg, the Russian museum is also a cultural hub for scientific research and acts as a bridge between contemporary art and public city spaces. With a total area of 27,000 square foot, it

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Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

San Antonio-based architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson was recently awarded top honors in the Low Impact Development Design Competition for their environmentally and contextually sensitive proposal

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious home. The

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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Immersed in a woodsy area, this geometric shelter boasts thoughtfully designed interior and exterior spaces. Its recent addition consists of a glazed cube with a separate entrance through the garden and

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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the

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La Cosa: Historic Madrid Sawmill Transformed into Thriving Arts Center with Glowing LED Facade

La Cosa: Historic Madrid Sawmill Transformed into Thriving Arts Center with Glowing LED Facade

Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos' flexible renovation for Medialab-Prado is nicknamed The Thing (La Cosa). The project occupies the original walls of the mill, but the interior is made up of lightweight and

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London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft is a concept design for the reuse of railway arcades scattered around London as living spaces. The idea is to close the arcades with a special facade that features skylights rather

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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1800-Year-Old Chedworth Roman Villa Wins 2013 RIBA Architecture Award

1800-Year-Old Chedworth Roman Villa Wins 2013 RIBA Architecture Award

London-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios worked with the National Trust to interpret the archaeology of the Roman remains in a fresh way that protects and exhibits the buildings in the 21st century.

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Torre di Moravola: Christopher Chong Converts a 12th Century Watchtower into a Boutique Hotel

Torre di Moravola: Christopher Chong Converts a 12th Century Watchtower into a Boutique Hotel

It wasn't until Chong and Mackenzie started to work on the old ruins that they realized how much was necessary to restore it, but it was essential to both of them to maintain the integrity of the old

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