Green renovation

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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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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