Green renovation

Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

The community of Hennepin County seized the opportunity to buy the out-of-business big box retailer when it was left without a tenant. Rather than letting the empty building mar the neighborhood, they

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Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

The competition was hosted by The Landscape Institute, the Mayor of London and the Garden Museum, and judged by a panel of experts that included the founders of the High Line. Over 170 designs were

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SFOSL’s Stunningly Renovated 20th Street Residence in Portrero Hill Tops AIA SF Homes Tours

SFOSL’s Stunningly Renovated 20th Street Residence in Portrero Hill Tops AIA SF Homes Tours

One of the most impressive aspects about this project is the budget. At just $176 per square foot, SFOSL's home remodel on 20th Street cost significantly less than most 'affordable' housing projects in

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XPIRAL’s Renovated Nautical Club in Spain Looks Like a Ship Under Construction

XPIRAL’s Renovated Nautical Club in Spain Looks Like a Ship Under Construction

The project is consistent in one major way – it is based on prefabricated elements that can be dismantled at any time (dry construction). These are completed with compact cellulose panels, cellular

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Elqui Domos Hotel: A Star-Gazer’s Paradise Tucked Among The Chilean Mountains

Elqui Domos Hotel: A Star-Gazer’s Paradise Tucked Among The Chilean Mountains

Elqui Domos was originally built about 10 years ago in an area known for amazing weather and night sky views. It consisted of some small cabins and a series of small geodesic dome-like structures with

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PHOTOS: Les Docks Design Center is Topped by a Luscious Green Roof Terrace in Paris

PHOTOS: Les Docks Design Center is Topped by a Luscious Green Roof Terrace in Paris

Les Docks´ four floors can be wandered around using the iconic indoor-outdoor green stairs located on the facade of the concrete building. The top floor offers great views of the city as well as a green

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Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center wins AIA Award for Energy and Sustainability

Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center wins AIA Award for Energy and Sustainability

The building, originally built in 1964, was a former PG&E payment center, and in an effort to enrich the community PG&E donated the building to the YMCA. The renovation was conceived as a project

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Fernandes Arquitetos Associados Creates Sustainable Update to 1950s-era Brazilian Stadium for 2014 World Cup

Fernandes Arquitetos Associados Creates Sustainable Update to 1950s-era Brazilian Stadium for 2014 World Cup

The stadium, originally named for journalist Mario Filho, has an impressive new structure revolving around one important feature; the roof. The new light-gauge structured roof will sail above the

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The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

Featuring a 40-foot high and 650-foot long stunning green wall, The Museé du Quai Branly is definetely worth a visit if you are in Paris. Designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, it is

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Cykel Architecture’s Holly Tree Farm is a Modern Farmhouse Made with Reclaimed Materials

Cykel Architecture’s Holly Tree Farm is a Modern Farmhouse Made with Reclaimed Materials

Holly Farm in Southern Tasmania is a sprawling new farmhouse made of reclaimed materials from the previous home that sat on its site, which was damaged in a fire. Designed by Cykel Architecture, the

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The Shakin Stevens House is a Modern Renovation that Embraces Green Design in Melbourne

The Shakin Stevens House is a Modern Renovation that Embraces Green Design in Melbourne

The owners of the Shakin Stevens House wanted to be connected with "green" space and increase the amenities of the home without increasing the floor space too much. Like many renovations in Melbourne, the

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Inhabitat Tours John Lum Architecture’s Stunningly Renovated St. Germain Residence in San Francisco!

Inhabitat Tours John Lum Architecture’s Stunningly Renovated St. Germain Residence in San Francisco!

While the exterior remains true to its original form, simple modern elements hint at new life brewing inside. The terraced landscaping literally spills out of the completely remodeled basement, which now

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The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

Caroline Choker wanted to retain as much of the industrial chic flavor of the original building as possible. As such, much of the original infrastructure such as wooden trusses and cement beams are left

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Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

Hotels are supposed to be an oasis for the wayfarer - a place of rest and relaxation for those on a long journey away from home. Gone are the days when just a warm bed and a plate of dinner made you feel

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KD Architects Transforms Old Singapore Shophouse into a Cozy Modern Home With a Pool Inside

KD Architects Transforms Old Singapore Shophouse into a Cozy Modern Home With a Pool Inside

The Pool Shophouse is one of eight renovated properties in the Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, for which various architects were asked to adapt and extend properties in the Geylang neighborhood. In the case

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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's handiwork. The

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The Adapted Ochre Barn is a Modernist Retreat with an Open Floor Plan in Norfolk

The Adapted Ochre Barn is a Modernist Retreat with an Open Floor Plan in Norfolk

The long, low brick barn had long since fallen into disrepair when Carl Turner and Mary Martin snatched the farm up. They wanted to create a simple getaway that spoke to the essence of the farm and the

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Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Located in Petersham to the west of Sydney, the Majestic Theatre Apartments adaptive reuse project created new housing out of a historic building. The original brick Majestic Theatre was built in 1921

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Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

We may think of Ireland as the origin of Guinness and St. Patrick's Day, but the country's history is far darker than many Americans realize. For centuries, Nationalists who believe Ireland should be

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Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Tettye Park is one of Hungary's most revered historical sites and now visitors will be able to experience the site with a new and inventive Corten addition. After stabilizing the site, the design firm

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Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Whereas most of the existing double story was left alone, Keiji Ashizawa topped off the home with an angular glazed addition that established a third story that opens onto an expansive rooftop terrance.

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Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Feldman Architecture was hired by the owners to update and reconfigure this 1906 stucco-clad Victorian. The clients requested to keep the building's traditional feel, but they wanted to infuse modern

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17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

The Palace of the Counts of Miravalle is one of the oldest buildings in Mexico's historic center and was originally home to Don Alonso de Ulibarri Davalos Bracamontes and de la Cueva, who was chancellor

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Medieval Barn in Essex Transformed into a 21st-Century Home with Artist Studios

Medieval Barn in Essex Transformed into a 21st-Century Home with Artist Studios

Spearheaded by Hudson Architects, the barn project depended extensively on original and reclaimed materials, with new structural interventions kept to a minimum. Almost all the original timber-framed

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Kirchplatz Office + Residence in Switzerland by Oppenheim and Huesler Redefines Live-Work

Kirchplatz Office + Residence in Switzerland by Oppenheim and Huesler Redefines Live-Work

Oppenheim and Huesler successfully walked the fine line between restoring the historic feel of the original farm house and creating a contemporary, minimal aesthetic that is appropriate for today. They

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Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech's Hinman Research Building was originally designed by Harold Bush-Brown and P.M. Heffernan in 1939. The building was dedicated to industrial research and was instrumental in the development

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Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof is a Neoclassic Train Station Transformed Into a Modern Art Museum

Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof is a Neoclassic Train Station Transformed Into a Modern Art Museum

The original building dates back to the mid 19th century and features grand windows and skylights set amidst curvy steel beams. Walking along the corridors, visitors can experience how the station was

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The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Centraal Museum features fashion, design and contemporary art alongside works by the old masters. A luscious central courtyard provides plenty of natural light and fresh air to the building's

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

A former Philips warehouse, Radio Royaal keeps the spirit of a bygone era intact. Gardenier told Inhabitat that they initially hired an architect for the restoration of the factory, but quickly got rid

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