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7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

7 Amazing Green Bookstores and Libraries from Around the World

Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore 24-Hour Library Built from 1,000 Empty Beer Cartons Westbury-sub-Mendip’s Phone Booth Library BiebBus Shipping Container Library Van

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Biosphere is one of the only museums of its kind, dedicated solely to the environment and environmental education. Each of the halls in the museum are dedicated to a series of rotating exhibitions,

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The Shed:  Historic Industrial Building Transformed into an Efficient Modern Home

The Shed: Historic Industrial Building Transformed into an Efficient Modern Home

The Shed was originally built in 1890 and housed a coach building garage owned by two Irish blacksmiths. A series of industrial business have occupied the garage-like space over the years, before it was

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Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal

Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal

Provencher Roy + Associés Architects headed the redesign of the historic church that was originally designed and built by Alexander C. Hutchinson in 1894. With the church preservation at the heart of the

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D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

Both the windmill and inner farmhouse square were built in 1841, and preserved and protected as landmarks. Govaert & Vanhoutte wanted to pay respect to the historic structures while introducing a

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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a year's

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Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

The Darling Foundry was transformed as an adaptive reuse project in 2002 by In Situ Design after being abandoned for over 10 years. The new building houses three exhibition spaces, as well as a network

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Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

According to Karl, who did all of the construction work, this shed is surprisingly sturdy and water tight. It receives all of its support from the car parts and he even pre-tensioned the roof so that it

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New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

Every year, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction in the United States, according to a new report from Preservation Green Lab, and that number is

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A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo's darkness, A Room for London features

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A Striking Timber Facade Wraps the Telefónica Corporate University Campus

A Striking Timber Facade Wraps the Telefónica Corporate University Campus

The original campus was designed by famed Barcelona architect Manuel Baldrich I Tubau. Batlle I Roig kept Tubau’s historic design, but added their own modifications to the complex, as well as an

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

The historic waterfront building had to be raised up by updating the foundation with galvanized steel pile extensions to meet the surrounding neighborhood street level. For the rehabilitation of the

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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Frisch vom Dach To Convert Former Berlin Malt Factory Into a Rooftop Aquaponics Farm!

Frisch vom Dach To Convert Former Berlin Malt Factory Into a Rooftop Aquaponics Farm!

Community gardens are already very popular in Berlin, but a group of agro-entrepreneurs is planning to take urban farming to the next level in the German capital. A team of three Berliners is planning to

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Steel Mill Converted Into a Spectacular Public Park in Luxembourg

Steel Mill Converted Into a Spectacular Public Park in Luxembourg

The former site was once characterized by an expansive and rough aesthetic with only a few pioneer plants such as moss and birch. The goal of the new design was not to upheave the site, but to integrate

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

Weighting 35 tons, the South East Trains' carriage made its way from Essex to Deptford on Valentine’s Day 2008 and was beautifully restored into what is today the Deptford Cafe. Serving delicious home

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Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and recycling

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Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Despite having only 17 square meters to work with, Boujon and Benayoun have set a new record for space management by generating more than adequate space to work and store important tools in what was once

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Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

The outer shell and infrastructure of the original stables was maintained, but the interior has been radically transformed. And yet, no attention to sustainable detail was compromised in the process.

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

The mobile library is currently located at the corner of “Otets Paisiy” Street and “General Gurko” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The location was chosen for multiple reasons. First, Otets Paisiy

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The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The original 34 foot Airstream, which was discovered in Denton, Texas, was completely gutted and then retrofitted with reclaimed wood floors, modular shelving, and all kinds of vintage storage and

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Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Summer may be coming to an end, but our longing for the sea and sand hit us with full force when we saw this gorgeous collection of Living Sails Furniture by Dvelas. Repurposed by hand from canvas no

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Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed  Office

Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed Office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Manuel Maia Gomes Architects makes their contribution to sustainability by keeping many of the existing materials in their reconstruction project. Original windows, granite walls, porticos, and a few

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Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

The Granary is located in the Abbey Road Conservation Area and contains a mix of commercial spaces, a public square, a restaurant and a riverside terrace. The mixed-use scheme was designed to be a vibrant

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