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FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

The eclectic House for Essex, commissioned for philosopher and critic Alain de Botton's Living Architecture program, is a fairytale-inspired holiday home. Architecture studio FAT and artist Grayson Perry

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Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Originally deigned by Denys Lasdun in 1976, London's National Theatre is considered one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture for the public sector. Comprised of three auditoriums and a suite

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to accommodate public

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the facade in stainless

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Japanese design studio Tato Architects transformed an old house in Kamisawa in Hyogo Prefecture, into a single-storey residence for a young couple. The architects tore down the entire interior of the

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Berlin micro-apartment is given a modern makeover to maximize space

Berlin micro-apartment is given a modern makeover to maximize space

Spamroom created the micro-apartment by gutting the original layout and knocking down the interior walls to start with a blank canvas. Screed was also peeled back to reveal the original hardwood

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Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Thanks to a new wave of designers who find value in recycling materials, office renovations no longer have to cost thousands of dollars. Japan's Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was approached by a video

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This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

The owner wanted to preserve parts of the three existing cabins and incorporate them into a much bigger space made up of two old volumes and a new addition. In order to create a consistent space, the

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Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

It is difficult to imagine this sleek office space in Japan was once a disco. The former warehouse club was transformed by local studio Sasaki Architecture into a bright minimalist space with high

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WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural hub in Hong Kong

WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural hub in Hong Kong

This breezy loft in Hong Kong, designed by LEED-Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design, is the latest addition to the city’s up-and-coming Chai Wan neighborhood. Designed as a flexible

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La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

This concrete and wood extension to a house in Mexico perches over and encloses a large backyard. The two structures, collectively named La Cápsula, sit opposite each other and house, each housing

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Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Make Architecture have created a playful new extension for an outward looking family in Melbourne. The new gable roofed extension to an old bungalow creates a second front and entrance that connects,

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Cumulus Studio renovates Art Deco pumphouse to create enviable eco retreat in Tasmania

Cumulus Studio renovates Art Deco pumphouse to create enviable eco retreat in Tasmania

Cumulus Studio have adapted two unique art deco heritage buildings situated on the banks of Australia's deepest lake within the Tasmanian wilderness to create an enviable eco retreat. The new hotel

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Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

The three halls on the Ezelsveldlaan were built at the start of the twentieth century as a laboratory for the department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, to teach the workings of steam and combustion

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Old barn hides a contemporary larch-lined holiday home in the Swiss Alps

Old barn hides a contemporary larch-lined holiday home in the Swiss Alps

The tiny 16-square-meter barn and stable comprised a raised wooden volume for hay drying stacked above a stone foundation spanning the height of one floor. Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes retained the old

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Hivernacle: Barcelona’s luscious hidden garden center is a renovated wonderland

Hivernacle: Barcelona’s luscious hidden garden center is a renovated wonderland

Hivernacle is one of Barcelona’s hidden gems. It is a garden center like no other, located in a restored historic building that dates back to 1884, when architect Josep Amargós designed the building

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Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

This 19th century Lanhaus-country house- is located in a small village near Berlin. The architects renovated its large double-height hall, removed damaged and rotten structure, leaving the well preserved

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Haptic Architects’ Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

Haptic Architects’ Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

London-based Haptic Architects designed two extensions to an old Victorian house in London and created new spaces that exude warmth though the use of natural materials-untreated larch and oak-combined

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Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

The house was built for a young couple that wanted to renovate the old building instead of buying a new one. Everything within the interior was demolished and removed and the architect added extra

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Alma-nac’s  Slim House is a super-narrow London home filled with daylight

Alma-nac’s Slim House is a super-narrow London home filled with daylight

London-based design studio alma-nac extended an existing house in south London, creating a 2.3-meter-wide terraced home that feels more spacious and light compared to the original narrow structure. The

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Jochen Specht transformed an old Austrian house into a minimalist modern residence

Jochen Specht transformed an old Austrian house into a minimalist modern residence

The house, built in 1961, is located on a hill above the town of Dornbirn, Austria. It provides beautiful views of the Rhine delta and Lake Constance. The original structure became to small for its four

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Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

The Shepherds Bush Pavilion was heavily damaged during World War II, poorly repaired and converted into a Bingo Hall in 1983. In closed until 2009, when Flanagan Lawrence Architects were granted

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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

In order to prevent it from interfering too much with the original design, the gabled addition meets the roof lines of the original cellar while still maintaining something of its own identity. The

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Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

The house was inspired by the Gaelic word Tor, which describes piles of rock located at the top of a hill. It references traditional stone architecture and combines it with contemporary materials and

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Kulturzentrum Ischgl is a green-roofed village center in Austria

Kulturzentrum Ischgl is a green-roofed village center in Austria

The village center is a restored rectory that was built in 1763, and is meant to define the village identity and create a modern meeting place. It features a subterranean tunnel that allows access for

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Gort Scott Architects daylit extension transforms a Victoria Park House in London

Gort Scott Architects daylit extension transforms a Victoria Park House in London

Jay Gort and Fiona Scott of Gort Scott Architects have designed an L-shaped extension to a Victorian house in London by using fragments of the original 1950s structure and reorganizing the space to

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE VisionAIR5 "The location for the wind turbines, 400ft (120m) above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at

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Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Seattle-based Weber Thompson expanded the existing 1916 brick building and transformed it into a mixed-use residential and commercial structure, wrapped around an open courtyard. This LEED

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