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Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

As of 2011, Poland consumes 77 million tons of coal per year, which makes it the second-largest coal consumer in the European Union and the 10th largest in the world. But since the late 1980s, coal

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SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

The 2010 earthquake all but destroyed the historical Cathedral, a source of national pride. After removing the ruble, the shell of the church has remained, but soon construction will begin to restore what

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Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

The Environmental Interpretation Centre is located on the shores of the Faja da Caldeira de Santo Cristo on São Jorge Island on the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The islands are very remote and located

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

We had an opportunity to sit down with green building consultant Carl Seville, also known as the Green Building Curmudgeon for his no-nonsense look at green building and remodeling. Carl just

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Hecker Guthrie Transforms a Former Church into the Old Library Restaurant in Australia

Hecker Guthrie Transforms a Former Church into the Old Library Restaurant in Australia

The designers took the original structure of the building and re-imagined the interior. They kept the exposed beams and timber lining, but incorporated oak, linen, white timber and steel to create a touch

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna

Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna

The gasometers are four gigantic gas tanks enclosed by a brick façade, each approximately 230 feet tall, 197 feet in diameter, and with a storage capacity of over 3 million cubic feet. Once used for the

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The Silo is an Upscale Loft Apartment Built into a 1940′s Grain Silo in Texas

The Silo is an Upscale Loft Apartment Built into a 1940′s Grain Silo in Texas

The owners of the Gruene Homestead Inn purchased the 1940s grain silo from their neighbors in 2007 and proceeded to give it a personal work over. The interior was converted into a loft apartment that has

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Alex Cochrane Architects Renovate a Victorian Boathouse Into a Lakeside Creative Retreat

Alex Cochrane Architects Renovate a Victorian Boathouse Into a Lakeside Creative Retreat

Alex Cochrane Architects updated this traditional Victorian boathouse in England with a beautiful renovation that transforms it into a creative refuge overlooking a lake. The London-based design studio

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Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Photo © Rodrigo Díaz-Wichmann In renovations like this one, numerous factors play a huge role in deciding what is renovated, what materials are used, and what construction/design strategies are

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Lorcan O’Herlihy Greens Up a Historic Home Renovation in Dublin

Lorcan O’Herlihy Greens Up a Historic Home Renovation in Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin, the existing Georgian Manor was combined with a converted coach house and an additional 160 square meters of living space to create a modern home with a historic flare. The

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Destilat Architecture’s 3M House is a Cantilevered Woodland Residence in Austria

Destilat Architecture’s 3M House is a Cantilevered Woodland Residence in Austria

Destilat Architecture updated this woodland residence in Austria with a modern renovation that features cantilevered volumes set at different heights. The home sits on the bank of the Danube river,

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Haus im Haus: Hamburg’s Historic Chamber of Commerce Renovated With a Gleaming Glass Gem

Haus im Haus: Hamburg’s Historic Chamber of Commerce Renovated With a Gleaming Glass Gem

Benisch Architecten won 1st prize in an architecture competition to design a renovation for the historic Handelskamer, which serves as Hamburg's Chamber of Commerce. Originally, the plan was to insert a

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Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

The design for the new education building was largely determined by the needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing structure, and the tight budget of the university. One of the

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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Originally the Golden Gate Valley Library was named the Carnegie Library and was completed in 1918 in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Ernest Coxhead. The basilica-shaped library needed a renovation and

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Bold Historic Revival Renovation by The Ranch Mine in Phoenix, AZ

Bold Historic Revival Renovation by The Ranch Mine in Phoenix, AZ

The Revival house is a one-story Spanish Colonial in the North Encanto area in central Phoenix. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,789 sq ft home was redesigned by The Ranch Mine, developed by Firefly Living and

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The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

Originally built in 1978, the GORI paint factory was considered innovative and set new standards for manufacturing facilities. It was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and management

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Unit B4 by MAKE Hides a Contemporary Wooden Office Within an Industrial Shell

Unit B4 by MAKE Hides a Contemporary Wooden Office Within an Industrial Shell

The modern Unit B4 was designed to house Goodman’s South Sydney team and to also operate as a showroom to exhibit work to clients visiting the office. The space has a long common desk with a sculptural

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BuckleyGrayYeoman Livens Up a Historic Building in Scotland with a Shipping Container Addition

BuckleyGrayYeoman Livens Up a Historic Building in Scotland with a Shipping Container Addition

BuckleyGrayYeoman battled the challenge of designing the restaurant in a Grade II listed Victorian building in conjunction with the 1920s warehouse at its rear. The warehouse allowed for the restaurant to

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BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light

BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light

The Split House is a fantastic new renovation located in Melbourne, Australia, completed by architects BiLD. Taking a typical inter-war period house as a starting point, BiLD replaced various elements of

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OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

OostCampus: Carlos Arroyo Adds Clouds to an Old Coke Factory for a Municipal Complex in Belgium

By leaving the existing building alone, Arroyo has dramatically reduced the project's carbon footprint, and it cost just one third of what a new build would have required. The cloud shell creates a more

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YLab Arquitectos’ Home Renovation in Cerdanyola del Vallès Unifies Interior and Exterior Spaces

YLab Arquitectos’ Home Renovation in Cerdanyola del Vallès Unifies Interior and Exterior Spaces

For the renovation of a single-family home in the Bellaterra quarter of Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain, YLab Arquitectos oversaw a complete rehabilitation of the interior spaces, as well as the

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Daniel Libeskind Transforms Old Flower Market into Dynamic Jewish Museum Education Center

Daniel Libeskind Transforms Old Flower Market into Dynamic Jewish Museum Education Center

Daniel Libeskind has transformed the site of a former flower market in Berlin into an education center at the city's Jewish Museum. The design of the Academy is angular and dynamic, resembling a roughly

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Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

This past year Gensler worked on a plan to envision what an office building would look like in 2050 as part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition. Gensler was named one

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Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

The Shell station was built in 1956, but it was abandoned in 1986 and sat empty until it was bought in 2005 by Juerg Judin. Over the next 3 years Judin worked to rehabilitate the station. He

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Paddington Station Renovation Underway As Part of Massive Transportation Improvements in London

Paddington Station Renovation Underway As Part of Massive Transportation Improvements in London

Paddington Station is located on the northwest side of London and serves as the terminal for the dedicated Heathrow Express airport service. Originally constructed in the mid-1850's, Paddington was

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Silo 468 is a Wind-Controlled LED Light Installation in an Abandoned Helsinki Oil Silo

Silo 468 is a Wind-Controlled LED Light Installation in an Abandoned Helsinki Oil Silo

Silo 468 was originally built in the 1960s and it used to store 16,000 m3 of oil - but it has now been transformed into a wind-controlled lighting installation. Located on the water in the

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VLK Architects Renovate Fort Worth Warehouse Into Green iProspect Office

VLK Architects Renovate Fort Worth Warehouse Into Green iProspect Office

When VLK Architects was hired to design iProspect’s new office in Fort Worth, they sought to intertwine the city's historical elements with a high-tech industry. The use of wood, metal, railroad ties

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Glass-Encased Malopolska Garden of Arts is a New Cultural Hub in Krakow, Poland

Glass-Encased Malopolska Garden of Arts is a New Cultural Hub in Krakow, Poland

The slatted outside of the MGA center extends over a partially enclosed garden area that beckons passersby from the street. The garden's roof is perforated to leave space for existing trees on the

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