green renovation

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who

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Spanish Architects Transform a Disused Marketplace into a Fun Children’s Center

Spanish Architects Transform a Disused Marketplace into a Fun Children’s Center

Opting for lightweight construction materials, the designers built a double storey wood enclosure that fits inside the cavernous structure that has been disused for several years. A nifty slide connects

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Zaragoza’s Green-Roofed Ronda Office Features a Rolling Rainbow Facade

Zaragoza’s Green-Roofed Ronda Office Features a Rolling Rainbow Facade

The 2008 Expo in Zaragoza took place on the banks of the river Ebro. It was held during the summer and featured exhibits and events that focused on water and sustainable development. From the beginning,

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Flemish Renovation Combines a Modern ‘Rabbit Hole’ Entrance With Rural Tradition

Flemish Renovation Combines a Modern ‘Rabbit Hole’ Entrance With Rural Tradition

The outdoor area of the site is also enclosed, which spatially connects the home with the veterinary practice adjacent. Large windows help to open the house out to the surrounding farmland that stretches

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Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Painters Hall is a 100 percent solar-powered building nestled in the beautiful surroundings of quiet Pringle Creek community, in Salem, Oregon. The 80-year-old Painters Hall recently earned

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OMA to Transform Stalin-Era Prefab into the New Home for the Garage Center in Moscow

OMA to Transform Stalin-Era Prefab into the New Home for the Garage Center in Moscow

The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture was founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova as a major non-profit arts project, dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture in Moscow. The center has

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Castaway House Renovation Is the First Certified Phoenix Green Construction Code Project

Castaway House Renovation Is the First Certified Phoenix Green Construction Code Project

The Castaway House, which was named in reference to the Tom Hanks movie, was originally a 1,000 sq ft mid-century ranch home that was abandoned. The Ranch Mine, which specializes in home renovations, took

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Lively Palencia Civic Center Rehabilitated from Dingy Prison in Spain

Lively Palencia Civic Center Rehabilitated from Dingy Prison in Spain

The 19th century load-bearing brickwork was left untouched, although the structure's perimeter is now clad in bright glazing that acts as a segway between the city and interior activities. The building

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MAKE Architecture’s House Reduction Is a Compact Family Home With Sliding Walls

MAKE Architecture’s House Reduction Is a Compact Family Home With Sliding Walls

The minimalist home is the first from Victoria-based MAKE Architecture, who completed the construction just last year. Built with sliding walls and big windows for plenty of natural light, the home's

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Norwegian Northface Home Looks Like a Periscope Peering Over the Fjord

Norwegian Northface Home Looks Like a Periscope Peering Over the Fjord

One of the key goals of this program was to renovate the home as economically as possible while optimizing the residence's northern orientation. It was also necessary to maximize the southern exposure.

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Prismatic Starhill Gallery Renovation Sparkles and Glows with LED Lights

Prismatic Starhill Gallery Renovation Sparkles and Glows with LED Lights

Spark’s Starhill Gallery renovation transforms the complex from a solid, disengaged building into a series of public walkways and plazas. The cavernous paths carved out by the addition offer shaded

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LATE Architects Renovates a Dreary Polish Office with Paint and 3,000 Feet of Tape

LATE Architects Renovates a Dreary Polish Office with Paint and 3,000 Feet of Tape

Instead of buying new furniture or adding in partitions, the creative incubator firm Kompany commissioned the LATE design duo to improve their office space using color and typography. But don't be fooled

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California Dreaming: Bold Tasmanian Duplex Renovation Works Passively To Reduce Its Impact

California Dreaming: Bold Tasmanian Duplex Renovation Works Passively To Reduce Its Impact

For the California Dreaming Project, Bild Architecture renovated a duplex development that is located in an area of the city originally developed with inter-war ‘California Bungalow’ type housing.

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Melbourne’s Broadway House Renovated With a Colorful Shade Screen That Blocks The Heat

Melbourne’s Broadway House Renovated With a Colorful Shade Screen That Blocks The Heat

The owners of the Broadway House wanted to expand their living, kitchen and dining zones. Marcus O'Reilly Architects addressed these needs by building a new open floor plan pavilion in the back of the

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Postojna Concert Hall Boasts the World’s First Post Office Inside a Cave

Postojna Concert Hall Boasts the World’s First Post Office Inside a Cave

The original Postojna concert hall was partially demolished and the renovation constructed in its place. It was important that materials could be transported via a cave train and that they could be

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CAMPstreet Lofts is an Artsy Adaptive Reuse of a 1920s Factory in San Antonio

CAMPstreet Lofts is an Artsy Adaptive Reuse of a 1920s Factory in San Antonio

CAMPstreet Lofts was originally built in 1926 and served as the Duerler Candy Factory until 1937 when it was taken over by Tobin Surveys. In 2001, Linda Pace, an art patron in San Antonio, bought the

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Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

The three-story, single-family home was built on a hillside in Brno in 1930 for a Jewish family, and it was seized in 1939 by the Gestapo and later used as an office and apartment building. Since 1994,

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New Jersey Ranch Home Marketed As “Tear-Down” is Eco-Renovated Instead

New Jersey Ranch Home Marketed As “Tear-Down” is Eco-Renovated Instead

Rather than tear down the home, the owners wanted to renovate it and avoid sending the materials to the landfill. Located in a desirable location of New Jersey within walking distance of the town and many

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Renovated 6 Beavis Marks Will Feature Lush Rooftop Gardens in London

Renovated 6 Beavis Marks Will Feature Lush Rooftop Gardens in London

6 Beavis Marks was originally built in the 1980s, but has since become outdated and energy inefficient. Fletcher Priest Architects has been tasked with redoing the building and have designed the major

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UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA's Charles E. Young Library was originally designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons in the 60s, but after the turn of the century had become outdated. Rather than tearing it down and

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PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

As the station was originally built in 1852 and listed as a Grade I facility, the facade had to remain fully intact. The renovation had to carefully and creatively restore and keep this intact while

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Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Cineteca Madrid's library is intersected by a trapezoidal staircase woven with clear plastic tubes filled with energy saving LED lights that give off just enough light to allow visitors to browse an

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Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

The Arenc Silo was built in the mid 1920s and has held a prominent position near the port of Marseille. For many years, the silo sat vacant and abandoned, but when the neighborhood began undergoing

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Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

This Friday, March 9th, Starbucks will open its first European concept store located in a renovated historic bank in Amsterdam. The new new shop is located in the vault of the historic Amsterdamsche Bank,

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Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will's new Atlanta office is the current record holder as the highest scoring LEED Platinum project in North America under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction. This super high

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

A police station built in the early 20th century in Riga, Latvia is hosting a competition to renovate the site, and architecture firm NRJA (which stands for No Rules Just Architecture - just about the

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18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

The complex was initially in a state of disrepair, and the architects took great care in removing cement patches added in the 70s which would have further deteriorated the original brick. The design was

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Jean Nouvel & MDW Architecture Unveil Passive Tower for Belgium

Jean Nouvel & MDW Architecture Unveil Passive Tower for Belgium

We don't have a lot of details about Charleroi's new police headquarters, except that the 3rd towering vertical wing of the existing brick building will incorporate passive solar design in order to ensure

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Project Orange Gives a Traditional Victorian Building a Modern Facelift in England

Project Orange Gives a Traditional Victorian Building a Modern Facelift in England

Extending the building upwards, duplex studio office units have been installed to replace the original pitched roof. Modern and abstract, the new shape of the roof adds a dynamic form to the immediate

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