green renovation

Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Unable to pay an architect or even a general contractor, Michelle involved herself in almost all aspects of the renovation. She stripped and painted an old bath and gave it new wooden legs, laid bamboo

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Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Evolution Bar Revives an Arched 18th Century Romanian Basement

Above the Evolution Bar, Barlica has designed a new Mediterranean restaurant, pictures of which are on their way, while below, the designer thought it prudent to maintain the ambience of the brickwork and

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Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

  The couple who owned the farm house are getting on in years and wanted to update their residence to provide more space for visitors and create a connection with the outdoors. They also

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Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Recycling cans couldn't get much quirkier or more lovable than these PACMAN containers that gobble-up garbage like their computerized namesake. Designed by Portuguese studio AND-RÉ, the cans are simple

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Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

The site for Sugarhouse Studios is located south of the Olympic Park in a former sign-writers workshop, which is scheduled for demolition 2013 as part of a new residential and business development. Rather

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Galveston’s Green Revival House is a LEED Platinum Renovation With Historic Charm

Galveston’s Green Revival House is a LEED Platinum Renovation With Historic Charm

Historic houses can become energy-efficient without losing charm - just look at the Galveston Historical Foundation's Green Revival House at 3101 Avenue Q in Galveston, Texas. The project started when GHF

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HASSELL Transforms a Brisbane Bread Factory into a Hip Architecture Studio

HASSELL Transforms a Brisbane Bread Factory into a Hip Architecture Studio

It's no easy feat to transform a bread factory into an inspiring architecture office, but HASSELL worked their magic to create a suite of open plan interconnected studio and meeting spaces. Working as

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Heliocosm is a Refreshing Minimalist Cosmetic Store in Paris

Heliocosm is a Refreshing Minimalist Cosmetic Store in Paris

The newly renovated natural cosmetic store on Herold Street in Paris is a long 100 square meter space, elongated even further by F R E A K S freearchitects' swift interventions. The first and last rooms

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1970s Double-Decker Bus in Berlin Transformed Into Mobile Kiosk

1970s Double-Decker Bus in Berlin Transformed Into Mobile Kiosk

Kjosk is a collaborative project that started when Rosmarie Köckenberger was working as part of the interdisciplinary creative team Balestra Berlin. Featuring an outdoor eating area furnished with

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World War II Flak Tower Transformed Into Tropical Aquarium in Vienna

World War II Flak Tower Transformed Into Tropical Aquarium in Vienna

The blockhouse towers - enormous concrete and steel leviathans that dominated the skyline - were constructed in Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna and used in defense against Allied air raids. Each one was built

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Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!

Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!

The Plant is a large vertical farm in southeast Chicago that houses Plant Chicago and a few other food producing tenants. The city's first vertical farm was started in 2010 and is expected to be fully

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Chelsea Football Club Bid to Turn Iconic Battersea Power Station Into a Stadium

Chelsea Football Club Bid to Turn Iconic Battersea Power Station Into a Stadium

The future of London's renowned Battersea Power Station has long been debated, and numerous bids have been offered up with the hopes of giving the building a new life. Its potential renovation has made

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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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