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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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Mt. Sinai Renovation’s Winged Bamboo Screen Soars Over Singapore

Mt. Sinai Renovation’s Winged Bamboo Screen Soars Over Singapore

Whereas most contemporary designers restrict their use of bamboo to cosmetic finishes, TOPOS has used it as a structural component as well. The wing that tops the green renovation promotes natural

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Three Floors of Green Walls Spruce up China’s Taoyuanju Office

Three Floors of Green Walls Spruce up China’s Taoyuanju Office

The three separate vertical gardens on each floor of the Taoyuanju office building are equipped with a self-irrigating system that makes it very easy to maintain. Not only do they add a lot of character

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Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Located in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood, the GSW Headquarters consists of an ensemble of five distinct architectural volumes. The building also houses Checkpoint Energy, which is the city's spot for

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Autotroph proposes to transform the skin of the existing barn to make it more structurally-sound and insert a new, energy-efficient single-family home inside. A new engineered frame would stabilize the

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Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

In addition to providing a shield against the summer sun, the singular rectangular screen is laid in horizontal strips with gaps in-between that allows natural light to penetrate the home's interior. The

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Opus 5 Crowns a 17th-Century Convent With a Glistening Concert Hall

Opus 5 Crowns a 17th-Century Convent With a Glistening Concert Hall

Having undergone several incarnations since it was first built in 1646, the beautiful Convent of the Penitents in northern France was eventually converted into the Louviers music school in 1990. Much of

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Fan-Shaped Bulhomen Cabin is Disguised by a Sedum-Moss Roof in Norway

Fan-Shaped Bulhomen Cabin is Disguised by a Sedum-Moss Roof in Norway

The new Bulhomen cabin is split into two main structures that separate day and nighttime activities. Both the southernmost part, where the sleeping cabins are held, and the split-level eastern flank have

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Brand New Stonehenge Visitor Center Upgrade Breaks Ground!

Brand New Stonehenge Visitor Center Upgrade Breaks Ground!

Even though it is one of the most well-known historical monuments in the world, the visitor facilities at the Stonehenge World Heritage Site in Wiltshire County have long been a source of national

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MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

The existing building that housed a dijon factory for five short years was too wide to accommodate 600 work spaces, but with only €4 million to work with, it wasn't possible for MVRDV to make major

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Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

The four existing apartment buildings were originally constructed between 1968 and 1972 and still had good bones of precast concrete and split face block, but were in need of upgrades in thermal comfort,

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Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Spain’s Crumbling Sant Francesc Church Gets a Modern Renovation by David Closes

Sant Francesc Church was originally built between 1721 and 1729 by Franciscan priests, but after centuries of use the space had fallen into neglect and was verging on becoming a junk yard. It had holes in

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Jean Nouvel Jazzes Up Moritz’s 19th Century Subterranean Brewery in Barcelona

Jean Nouvel Jazzes Up Moritz’s 19th Century Subterranean Brewery in Barcelona

The original Moritz Brewery was launched by a Catalan brewmaster in 1856. It shut down for 26 years before it was re-opened in 2004. Although the brewery's main operations take place in Zaragoza, the

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Grimshaw + Gruen Win Competition to Design Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan

Grimshaw + Gruen Win Competition to Design Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan

LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted today to award the contract to design the master plan for Union Station Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates. The historic station was originally built

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The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment was once home to an old Carlton tailor shop, but was renovated to become Zvi Belling's home. The brick facade was covered in swooshes, letters, arrows, and drips of concrete, to create

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Set in an almost lunar landscape, Hotel Furillen looks more like an abandoned factory than an eco-luxe hotel. The mix of top Nordic brands with soft luxurious interiors creates a high-class retreat

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Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet

Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet

Foster + Partners has been selected to renovate and redesign Cuba's School of Ballet, which was originally conceived by Fidel Castro. According to BDonline, the derelict school, which was never completed

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CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

The perforated aluminum rectilinear blocks are staggered not only to create a distinct visual identity, but also to promote optimum daylighting and greater energy efficiency. This combined with new glass

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Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

The derelict brick factory in Toronto's Don Valley has been adapted and rehabilitated into the Evergreen Brick Works project. It is now an environmentally-based community landmark to engage visitors in

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8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

Stacked Shipping Container Office by Daiken-Met Architects Daiken-Met was having trouble finding office space to lease, so they decided to build their own temporary office out of stacked shipping

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