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Philip Johnson’s Iconic Christ Cathedral to be Renovated With Thousands of Heat-Combatting Metal Petals

Philip Johnson’s Iconic Christ Cathedral to be Renovated With Thousands of Heat-Combatting Metal Petals

The architects’ intention was to create a modern new look for the church while honoring the original building. The all-glass evangelical church was originally built in 1981, but soon experienced issues

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s a good chance it’s secretly plotting to kill you. According to a recent survey, Homes built before this time were commonly coated in lead-based paint

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This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

The Pool Aoyama sells nautical clothing and accessories in a restored swimming pool located within a vintage residential building. Set in the trendy shopping area of Aoyama, its owned by the grandfather

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in Belgium

Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in Belgium

Belgium's residential architecture has been dominated by widely-produced pavilion-type houses, which are affordable and can be quickly built. The industrialization of housing enabled many people to

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

The existing structure required significant renovation work - including footing replacement, the lowering of the basement floor level, and the introduction of new types of windows that would provide an

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Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

The architects designed a new metal roof for the Helene Lancoux media library, which includes more than 40,000 works dedicated to cultural history. The roof's diamond-shaped windows allows pockets of

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the north of Porto, the

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of the existing

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Like in many of Hanoi's older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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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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The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The restoration and development of the Palazzo Valperga Galleani, carried out by Building Engineering, was meant to re-functionalize a historically and architecturally important property In Turin. The

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

The original two storey home was becoming too small for the family of four, who wanted to expand without sacrificing their outdoor space. TYIN responded by building out but only on the upper floor. The

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Locke JetSpace: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Locke JetSpace: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind recently launched Locke JetSpace, a transformed public school library at Locke High School in Watts, California. The 3,000 square foot space

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Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

The developer that purchased the historic church in Palo Alto commissioned Lundberg Design to convert it into an office space and optimize the existing structure. The plan consisted of two phases – one

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Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

The Reichstag opened in 1894 but was severely damaged by a fire in 1933. It was partially restored in the 60s, but the final work by British architects Fosters & Partners was done in 1999, causing it

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Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Instead of demolishing the house, which lacked space, comfort and consumed around 175 euro of energy each month, the team decided to improve the climate and spatial performance of the house while

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

The new Mälardalen University building consists of a big but dynamic volume divided into smaller units. This decision not only makes the new building to adjust to the scale of the existing public bath,

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Standing on a quiet Belgian street, this unique family home still has the original red-bricked facade, some walls, grey concrete floor and industrial roof. Created in steel, wood and concrete, it

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