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Sparano + Mooney’s Beautiful Kimball Art Center Proposal Takes Inspiration From Aspens

Sparano + Mooney’s Beautiful Kimball Art Center Proposal Takes Inspiration From Aspens

In this third installment of the Kimball Art Center Transformation proposals, we explore the design by the only local firm of the 5 design teams who presented. Sparano + Mooney, who have worked both

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PHOTOS: Abandoned Rail Station Transformed Into a Colorful Eco-Hostel in Aconcagua, Argentina

PHOTOS: Abandoned Rail Station Transformed Into a Colorful Eco-Hostel in Aconcagua, Argentina

The red and turquoise hostel in Puente del Inca was built in 1903 and is located at 2,720 metres above sea level. The building was once a lean train station that saw passengers travelling between

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Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

YLAB has renovated an aging 130 square meter apartment in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter into a beautiful modern home. The original space is composed of a sequence of bright and spacious rooms

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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BIG Proposes Twisting Timber Eco Tower for the Kimball Art Center in Park City

BIG Proposes Twisting Timber Eco Tower for the Kimball Art Center in Park City

The Kimball Art Center is a central hub within the old town district of Park City, UT and is located in the historic gas station and garage of Bill Kimball, who donated it to become an arts and cultural

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Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

The historic waterfront building had to be raised up by updating the foundation with galvanized steel pile extensions to meet the surrounding neighborhood street level. For the rehabilitation of the

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

We see a lot of amazing renovations here at Inhabitat, but we were particularly impressed by this former military school that has been transformed into a BREEAM excellent building by Vikar&Lukacs

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Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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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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Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

The project entailed completely upgrading and renovating the entire stretch of railroad between the two coastal towns. Converted to a walking path, the promenade also includes a creation of vantage points

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Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

In 2006, St. Edward's University completed the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center and their faculty moved from Fleck Hall into the new facility. At the time, the plans were to demolish Fleck Hall

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Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Despite having only 17 square meters to work with, Boujon and Benayoun have set a new record for space management by generating more than adequate space to work and store important tools in what was once

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Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Colorful and Bright Housing Complex

Plans for Park Hill began in the 1940s when Sheffield was desperately in need of housing after the war, but construction did not commence until 1957 and was not completed until 1961. The project, which

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Vintage 1970′s Airstream Trailer Transformed Into a Mobile Live + Work Studio

Vintage 1970′s Airstream Trailer Transformed Into a Mobile Live + Work Studio

Santa Barbara-based architect Matthew Hofmann recently completed a contemporary renovation of a vintage 1970′s Airstream trailer into a mobile live and work studio. The architect now calls the

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Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

The San Telmo Museum was originally a convent, and the team of architects in charge of the renovation worked towards respecting its primitive shapes and original looks. First opened in 1902, the building

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

The mobile library is currently located at the corner of “Otets Paisiy” Street and “General Gurko” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The location was chosen for multiple reasons. First, Otets Paisiy

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San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

John Maniscalco Architecture has had plenty of projects hobbled by historical preservation policies (a common complaint from progressive architects attempting to rebuild historic San Francisco) so a

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Home Renovation Fuses Historic Italian With Clean Modern Lines in Rome

Home Renovation Fuses Historic Italian With Clean Modern Lines in Rome

Located in Rome, Italy, this interior home renovation by architect Carola Vannini included the complete reorganization of spaces, as well as the design of new furniture and lighting. The project focused

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San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

One of the Harrison Street Residences lies parallel to the street, cloaking the inner courtyard and allowing for greater privacy, space and light shared within a dense urban area. The second residence

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Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed  Office

Google Employees in Zurich (Zooglers) Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed Office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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Beautifully Renovated Sonoma Barn Uses a Living Screen to Deflect the Summer Heat

Beautifully Renovated Sonoma Barn Uses a Living Screen to Deflect the Summer Heat

The large metal barn structure was renovated and brought back to life as a multi-purpose building for use by the vineyard's owners. The first level includes a large storage space, a workshop, a bathroom

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Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

After a $100 million green renovation that took more than two years, the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification, making it the tallest building in the United States to be LEED

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Manuel Maia Gomes Architects makes their contribution to sustainability by keeping many of the existing materials in their reconstruction project. Original windows, granite walls, porticos, and a few

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Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

Derelict East London Granary Transformed Into Creative Office Spaces & Studios

The Granary is located in the Abbey Road Conservation Area and contains a mix of commercial spaces, a public square, a restaurant and a riverside terrace. The mixed-use scheme was designed to be a vibrant

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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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