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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three

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SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

Designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen, SCADpad Europe is clad in large wooden panels painted with a diamond pattern and vibrant blue lacquer finish. The SCADpad roof is covered with scalloped

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are 105 million parking spaces in the United States--a number that roughly translates to five parking spaces for every registered car. As personal automobile

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city

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The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

In order to mesh a feeling of modernity with the historical interior, Piet Boon Studio decided to focus on preserving the ceiling as a focal point to represent the building’s past. Rather than stripping

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even features

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Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Originally designed by Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church is a sharply peaked structure with eaves extending almost to the ground. The massive church was renovated to house both the public

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and

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Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

The history of the Lower Silesia region in southwest Poland is entrenched in the carbon era of mining and industry. The 40,000 square meter Old Mine project honors this history and will include a museum

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

Believe it or not, the gorgeous exhibition space you see above used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. We recently visited the beautifully-daylit Dia: Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY to check out the

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Iconic New York State World’s Fair Pavilion Saved from Demolition

Once a marvel that attracted visitors from around the globe, Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion has slowly become a modern ruin since the 1964 World's Fair. The famous structure had been facing the

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

The original barn had seen better days, with its dilapidated roof and bowed walls not only in ruin but in danger of collapse. In order to preserve the existing building, Snook Architects replaced the

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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

External architecture merges landscape and building surfaces to articulate the envelope of the addition, as well as clearly define the difference between formal and informal spaces. Roofs and facades clad

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

The Halle Freyssinet freight station was originally built in 1920, but in recent years it has been used as a reception and event center. This past summer Xavier Niel, founder of Le Monde, bought the hall

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Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Mohn + Bouman Architects Turn an Old Emmen House into a Modern Office with a Radical Corten Steel Screen

Orangerock Projectontwikkeling acquired the land for future redevelopment over the course of 10 years. There are some old buildings on the site that are slated for future demolition, but the developer

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The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

The former grocery store had been used as office space until the owners bought it and decided to turn it into a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. Located on Williams Street in an area that was once an

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Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Rather than destroy the arsenal to make way for a new home, Ralph Germann proposed to keep the structure and renovate it. To ensure a high level of efficiency while retaining the building's original

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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Eder Biesel Arkitekter's fish market gives the historic site a modern twist with an angular, daylight-filled "floating" volume. A glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

AutoWohnhaus in Austria This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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