Green renovation

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios was the brainchild of Ty Mattson, who runs the creative studio Mattson Studios. Wanting an inspiring place to go to work everyday, he set his heart on turning the historic bean factory

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Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Tianjin Bridged – Qiaoyuan post-industrial park is a 54-acre site built on what was once a heavy polluted, littered and deserted garbage dump. The city’s municipal government called Turenscape to

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Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects used natural materials like wood cladding, glass, and copper to extend the Hawthbush farmhouse while staying true to the region's pastoral architectural vernacular. Mole Architects

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

Originally built in 1963, the Frøsilos seed silos were once part of the Soya Bean Cake Factory on the Port of Copenhagen. The plant closed in the 1990s and the area was slated for redevelopment into

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Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Originally built in 1953, the grain elevator was used to store corn from Oslo's Nedrefoss Mill, and it was in operation from the 1950s to the 1990s. The structure consists of three rows of seven

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

The Millard house is one of five concrete block homes constructed by Wright in Southern California — others include the Hollyhock House, the Freeman House (under the care of USC), the John Storer House

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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

The 70,000-square-foot former warehouse was renovated to include retail, office and an event space.  At a cost of $12.4 million, this sustainable renovation ended up costing only $140 per square foot.

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Revamping an existing condominium complex, Goring & Straja crafted a new 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) office space for Autodesk in Milan. Their first goal was to make the new space as sustainable as

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J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

The building, which has been dubbed "Schlump ONE," was built as a plain, drab administration building in the 1950s. J. Mayer H. Architects completely gutted and renovated the building, expanding the

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Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

The Cuningham Group and REThink Development partnered on this project to create ultra green office space in Culver City. They bought a warehouse that was once part of the MGM studio back lot and worked in

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

Before work began, Congo Street was a collection of small houses in a state of disrepair. Many residents had lived there for years in houses that had been handed down from parents or grandparents, but the

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Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona HQ is a nine-story building for the Japanese recruitment company. Rather than build a brand-new building, the company took over a 50-year-old structure and renovated it

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MVN Arquitectos Renovates Industrial Warehouse Into Gorgeous Green HQ for the Botín Foundation

MVN Arquitectos Renovates Industrial Warehouse Into Gorgeous Green HQ for the Botín Foundation

The Botín Foundation is an organization that contributes to the social development of Cantabria, and their new office exemplifies this mission through its creative design. Exposed brick and black metal

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Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

The existing building was a traditional Dutch home with a brick exterior and slate roof. Shift Architecture + Urbanism's renovation honored the history of the existing home and added a new volume

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Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Built in 1828, the Providence Arcade (also called the Westminster Arcade) was the country's first indoor shopping mall and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The historic structure is

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JOHO Architecture’s Lattice-Wrapped Namhae House Harmonizes With Nature

JOHO Architecture’s Lattice-Wrapped Namhae House Harmonizes With Nature

The original country house was commissioned by the client as a cozy summer house, but once he moved in he felt the space didn’t connect to the beauty of the land. Thanks to JOHO Architecture's vision,

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Alain Hinant Transforms an Old Belgian Laundry Building into a Brilliant Daylit Home

Alain Hinant Transforms an Old Belgian Laundry Building into a Brilliant Daylit Home

The 120 square-meter, three-story laundry building used to serve the three neighboring houses in Uccle. The renovations tied the three floors together and allowed for the new single family home to open up

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19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home

The eight-story water tower was designed for the nearby Lambeth Workhouse and Hospital, and it was the tallest water tower in all of London when it was completed in 1867. But the tower fell into disuse in

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HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

Bureau de Change knocked down several interior walls to create a dynamic open space that unites the two homes. The studio says that they did not want to be constrained by the former plan - instead they

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Archi-Union Architects Renovates Drab Shanghai Office into Curvilinear Jade Art Museum

Archi-Union Architects Renovates Drab Shanghai Office into Curvilinear Jade Art Museum

An old office building in Shanghai has been given a new life as the serene Jade Art Museum. Designed by Archi-Union Architects, the renovation transformed a sterile office space into an innovative art

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McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

Once refurbished, the plan is to turn the ship into a home for several restaurants—instead of just one—which would hopefully include some healthier options for visitors. The proposals are already

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Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

The architects completed the renovation using restoration materials that complemented the existing house and developed what was already there. But the new renovations are distinct from Philip Johnson's

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Seth Stein Architects Gives a Bomb-Damaged London House a New Lease On Life

Seth Stein Architects Gives a Bomb-Damaged London House a New Lease On Life

Seth Stein Architects' Notting Hill renovation keeps a low energy footprint thanks to an array of green building strategies. The project incorporates passive air distribution, and it regulates temperature

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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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