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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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Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Manuel Ocana del Valle was given an interesting brief that pushed the design of Casa Mediterraneo’s headquarters beyond a typical tenant improvement for an existing building. The brief emphasized the

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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by all of the

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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Abandoned Warehouse to Be Transformed into Lush Zero-Energy Office Space in Amsterdam

Abandoned Warehouse to Be Transformed into Lush Zero-Energy Office Space in Amsterdam

Worldwide sustainability cooperative Except has renovated an abandoned shipyard in Amsterdam, transforming it into an energy-neutral office space filled with lush vegetation. The jungle-like space

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Sydney’s Lizard Log Parklands Offer a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway

Sydney’s Lizard Log Parklands Offer a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway

McGregor Coxall has upgraded the park’s infrastructure and fitted out new facilities in an environmentally friendly way, creating a design that is sensitive to the rural nature of the site and

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Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, "Better City – Better Life," had

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Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

We love to see an old beat up bus or van restored to its former glory, but we especially swoon over renovated Airstream trailers - and this one is awesome. Originally used as an old hunting and fishing

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on the ground

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The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack was included in the slate of homes that were opened to the public as part of the 2013 Marin Living: Home Tours, which was hosted by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design.

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Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

After a long run, the Hollywood Park Racetrack will be closing its doors after the completion of the racing series this fall. Likely due to economic instability, the owners of the racetrack decided the

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200-Year-Old Stone House in Switzerland Renovated to Achieve High Energy Conservation Standards

200-Year-Old Stone House in Switzerland Renovated to Achieve High Energy Conservation Standards

To help make the interiors match the home's stone-faced exterior, new exposed concrete walls and polished screed floors. The added materials match the grey shade while only a few elements like the kitchen

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Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

The 1917 Bungalow is one in a series of homes located in Austin’s old Clarksville district, whose first owners were freed slaves. The major challenge with the renovation was organizing the long, narrow

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Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

The new Ego Sport Center by Ferrer Arquitectos is a partial renovation of the pre-existing Ismael Moratón Sports Complex. This facility used to house an indoor and outdoor pool used for the Mediterranean

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The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

Located southwest of the historic city center of Guimarães, Portugal, the Landscape Laboratory stands in a rural area near the National Ecological Reserve (REN). The architects preserved the original

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Salima Naji’s Preservation of Sacred Moroccan Granary Sites Nominated for Aga Khan Award

Salima Naji’s Preservation of Sacred Moroccan Granary Sites Nominated for Aga Khan Award

Serving the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, Salima Naji has ambitiously untaken the restoration of two Agadir of Amtoudi, the rehabilitation of Qsar Assa, and the rescue of collective parts of Agadir

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Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted

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Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

The main wing of the Lenbachhaus Museum was built in 1891 as a studio and villa for the artist Franz von Lenbach, and several additions have been added over the past 100+ years. In the latest set of

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Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Nikola-Lenivets is a creative cluster about 100 miles outside of Moscow and started by Nikolay Polissky, a landscape painter from Moscow. During the Soviet Era, the area was a kolkhoz, or state-run

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Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Pearl Brewing Company was originally founded in 1883 in San Antonio and this brewery was built in 1973, but in 1985, the company was bought out by Pabst Brewing Company. They shut the brewery down in 1991

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Indonesian Architects Work to Preserve Traditional Mbaru Niang Cone-Shaped Eco Huts

Indonesian Architects Work to Preserve Traditional Mbaru Niang Cone-Shaped Eco Huts

The cone-shaped Mbaru Niang huts are traditional symbols of community and family unity, but sadly there aren't many of them left. A group of young Indonesian architects discovered the last four remaining

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Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

The Don Sanders Adoption Center is located in an existing warehouse in an urban, mixed-used community near downtown. Instead of opting for a remote, out-of-town site, an urban location like this places

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Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

After winning the 1946 Grand National, Lovely Cottage came home to enjoy a well-deserved rest in his stables on the outskirts of Winchester. Despite the dilapidation, the long, one-story block building

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La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

Created with the help of developer Real step Property Management, La Forgiatura honors the excellence and history of the metallurgical industry that once operated on its site. The shiny new complex

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Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Construction on the bunker began at the height of the war in 1943, and in 1947 the British attempted to demolish the structure, but because the walls were so thick, they only succeeded in damaging it.

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Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

3Gatti's Francesco Gatti was inspired by the hot summer months in Shanghai, when just about everyone carries colorful parasols. He decided to spin this common shading system in a way that would be

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Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Foro Ciel is a transformative renovation project on the top of a Coca-Cola company building in Mexico City. The project, which was designed by Rojkind Arquitectos and AGENT, serves as the home of the

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Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

The Motion Picture Academy Museum will take over the space previously inhabited by the LACMA West and what was previously the May Co. Department Store, which opened in 1939. The original façade of the

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects decided to leave the exterior of the coach house almost entirely intact, retaining the character of the Breukelen building that was first constructed in the 1760s. And

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