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Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

It was important that the new additions to the Pombal castle property had their own identity without detracting from the existing structure. It was also crucial to make it really easy for locals to get to

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Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

OFIS Arhitekti was hired to design the renovation of the historic Baroque Court Apartments from an office building with an enclosed central courtyard. Located in the old city center next to the City Hall,

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D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

Both the windmill and inner farmhouse square were built in 1841, and preserved and protected as landmarks. Govaert & Vanhoutte wanted to pay respect to the historic structures while introducing a

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Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Work began on the renovation and rehabilitation of the farmstead back in 2006 so that it could be used for company presentations, corporate events and leisure activities. The farmstead is situated around

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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a year's

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New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

Every year, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction in the United States, according to a new report from Preservation Green Lab, and that number is

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TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

Measuring only 10 feet by 30 feet, The Old Market Library was built in one of Bangkok's poorest areas for only $4,500. Featuring different spaces for different functions, the lower reading room has a

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Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace,

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Vote for Your Favorite Green Design for Park City’s New Kimball Art Center!

Vote for Your Favorite Green Design for Park City’s New Kimball Art Center!

BIG's Twisting Timber Eco Tower Denmark-based BIG took inspiration from historic mining structures in Park City to design this twisting timber tower. They combined clean, modern lines with rustic

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JAMESPLUMB Uses Upcycled Materials to Create Their Romantic Renovated Interiors

JAMESPLUMB Uses Upcycled Materials to Create Their Romantic Renovated Interiors

Using broken furniture, discarded wood panels, remnant textiles and items from the garbage, JAMESPLUMB builds unique and inviting interiors that evoke a narrative feel upon entry. For London’s Hostem, a

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder + Partners are currently competing against BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to win the award to design the Kimball Art Center

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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

The renovation by TWBTA calls for an upgrade of the existing historic infrastructure and the expansion of the gallery and exhibition space. It also includes a new cafe, retail space, a catering kitchen,

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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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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Yesterday we explored BIG's twisting timber tower for Park City's Kimball Art Center, and today we'll check out what Brooks + Scarpa has up its sleeve. The inspiration for the Kimball Cloud came directly

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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 small, yet

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