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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create a private

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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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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an envelope

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding the existing

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Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Located at the end of a valley, the secluded Black Forest stable conversion was designed with a muted and minimalist aesthetic to look like a continuation of the surrounding forest. The building's dark

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

The design approach was based on the teaching of the Schola Riccatiana and the concept of absolute beauty achieved through the relationship between architecture, mathematics and music. The architects used

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i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

The 230-square-meter living space features a custom designed kitchen with a black cooking island, built-in cabinets and a large sliding door that hides generous storage areas. Bedrooms are separated from

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Stunning MOTT32 Restaurant Is Nestled Into a Former Bank Vault in Hong Kong

Stunning MOTT32 Restaurant Is Nestled Into a Former Bank Vault in Hong Kong

The restaurant occupies the once-degraded space of a former storage facility but a retrofit has added a sleek design and intricate detailing. Joyce Wang Studio adds references to Chinese propaganda

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Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

The landmark building was constructed in 1910 following the 1906 earthquake. Kelly Cullen Community's 172 new housing units are larger than the original hotel rooms at 230 square meters on average, and

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

Last year's CASA FOA was set at the old Tornquist Bank; a 1926 Neoclassical National Monument right in right Buenos Aires' city center. Architect Julio Oropel's Wine Bar Trapiche welcomed visitors

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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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San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

We first reported on the Burrows Street Pocket Park last October when work was about to begin - and now that it's complete we have to say that we're impressed with the results! The park is the result of

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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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