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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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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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Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

The renovation was completed by Josephine Interior Design, owned by the energetic and eclectic Josephine Gintzburger. Gintzburger previously worked in the fashion world, and she translated her skills to

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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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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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Modern Coreten Steel Home Cuts Through a Historic Railroad Cottage In The Netherlands

Modern Coreten Steel Home Cuts Through a Historic Railroad Cottage In The Netherlands

The two-story brick volume of the old cottage expands dramatically through the straight lines of Coreten steel to contrast the building with the softness of the surrounding greenery, and the ancient

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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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London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

The loft's concrete ceilings, warn by time, are accented by beautiful new timber elements in some rooms and white gallery-esque walls in others. Modern pieces of art now hang on the walls such that the

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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 Discovery Factory is an Experimental Space in an Old Philips Factory Where Kids Can Learn About Sustainability

The Discovery Factory is an Experimental Space in an Old Philips Factory Where Kids Can Learn About Sustainability

Located in a space overlooking wide grassy areas that used to belong to  Philips, The Discovery Factory is the perfect space for playing and learning. With no need to book in advance, children can pop

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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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Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

One of the main goals for Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) was to improve the visual presence of the building, and improve the interconnectivity of the athletic facilities and the rest of the school. The

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Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

The devastating Joplin tornado killed over 150 people and destroyed many of the area schools including the high school. Rather than bus students to neighboring schools districts, the superintendent

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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and

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TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

An icon for innovation, iWEB was first unveiled at the Floriade World Exhibition in 2002. The pavilion looks like a grounded flying saucer, and it functions as a multidisciplinary facility, encouraging

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Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtraks unveiled plans on July 25th to give D.C.'s Union Station a major overhaul and a slew of new upgrades. The original Daniel Burnham-designed station will remain as is architecturally, but will

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The Renovated Aichinger House in Austria Has Curtains on the Outside!

The Renovated Aichinger House in Austria Has Curtains on the Outside!

We know of many creative solutions for keeping houses cool in the summertime, but this is the first time we've seen a house with its curtains on the outside! Hertl Architekten added tall drapes to the

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Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as

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Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

This 3000 square-foot renovation, which was completed in August 2010, was recently recognized by the National AIA as a Small Project Award Winner for 2012. The dramatic transformation performed by Tuscany

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Egg-Shaped Isover Multi-Comfort House Meets Passive House Standards in the UK

Egg-Shaped Isover Multi-Comfort House Meets Passive House Standards in the UK

This winding housing project is organized around a central green core that is expected to promote community interaction. No cars are allowed inside the housing block and many services, such as shops,

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Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

The Restaurant of Piet Hein Eek is filled with the designer's own pieces, including his signature recycled wood furniture finished with a high gloss varnish. All pieces are unique and made from waste

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Curb Resurrects Knoxville Ghost Houses as Elegant, Sustainable Homes

Curb Resurrects Knoxville Ghost Houses as Elegant, Sustainable Homes

Tricia Stuth and Ted Shelton, the co-founders of the architecture firm Curb, set out almost ten years ago to renovate and rebuild three homes in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The trick was to resurrect

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7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

7 Ways to Upcycle a Train Station

Anila is editor-at-large at Loco2, a small company mad enough to tackle the complexities of European rail by making online ticket booking more accessible, giving expert advice in the Engine Room forum and

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