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Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

The building features large steel beams painted in a bright red color that give character to the space and dominate its design. The dining space includes a table constructed of wood off-cuts that were

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Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

  The architects introduced large windows to every living room and bedroom, ensuring that the interior receives optimal amounts of natural lighting. These generous openings also provide stunning

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Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Olson Kundig Architects’ design preserves the building’s charm while optimizing to accommodate a contemporary workspace. Erin Sarofsky, the owner and creative director of Sarofsky, is known for her

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

How did they do it? The Tokyo-based architecture firm studied the structural configuration of the space and realized the suspended ceiling was positioned much lower than the actual slab. So they

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and materials. Large windows

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the harsh afternoon

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OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

The renovation was meant to allow visitors to get closer to the building's interior design. Elevated walkways and stairways are integrated within the original space and amplify the architectural qualities

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Vortex embraces a footbridge connecting two buildings within the complex in Bordeaux. Scaffolding and raw wooden pieces were wrapped around the footbridge, and the sculpture evolves like a living

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RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

The project would be located on a site in the Burslem region of Stoke-on-Trent in England, and was designed as Olivia Wright's final project at the Royal College of Art. Her design was actually selected

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Amsterdam Architect Crafts His Eclectic Home Within a 1950s Garage

Amsterdam Architect Crafts His Eclectic Home Within a 1950s Garage

In 2012, Van der Velden bought the building for around $600,000 with clear ideas about how to turn the 1450-square-foot building into the perfect home. A year later, with the $200,000 renovation complete,

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19th-Century London Toilet Transformed into a Haven for Coffee Lovers

19th-Century London Toilet Transformed into a Haven for Coffee Lovers

The Attendant serves not only coffee, but has breakfast and lunch menus, serving food seven days a week. It provides protection from the elements to passersby and offers a place to sit in the outside

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Renovated Apartment in Barcelona Boasts Flexible Wooden Walls and Gorgeous Mosaic Floors

Renovated Apartment in Barcelona Boasts Flexible Wooden Walls and Gorgeous Mosaic Floors

The architects removed the existing internal walls and replaced them with a flexible system of wooden partitions that slide across the apartment and divide private and public spaces. Entitled 'The Wall,'

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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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East London ‘Vegetarian Cottage’ Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern Extension

East London ‘Vegetarian Cottage’ Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern Extension

Called the Vegetarian Cottage, the house is thought to stand on the site of the London branch of the Vegetarian Society founded in the mid 19th century. The house is inhabited by a family of six who had

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London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order

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Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Comoco Arquitectos were commissioned to design the visitor center and landscaping, including the revitalization of the existing amenities in the castle's keep. The visitor center is located in the

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San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

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Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

At the time of its foreclosure in 2011, the property had three separate structures on the lot: a garage, a middle studio, and a rear residence, with not-to-code former renovations. Inspired by homes in

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create a private

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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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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an envelope

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding the existing

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