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Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

When the project was brought to ODKM Architects, the home was in a serious state of disrepair after two decades of neglect. The front brickwork was bowed and structurally unsound, while the roof and 2

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6 Awesome Repurposed Silos From Around the World

6 Awesome Repurposed Silos From Around the World

Some of the most beautiful designs we've seen over the years include stunning renovations of decommissioned industrial buildings. The most successful among these manage to keep the patina and grungy feel

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Adam Richards Architects’ Beautiful Ditchling Museum Contains a Spectacular Cabinet of Curiosities

Adam Richards Architects’ Beautiful Ditchling Museum Contains a Spectacular Cabinet of Curiosities

Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum renovation is shaped like a small, dark chapel. The building's form was inspired by the rural buildings that surround it - however it stands out with its

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John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

The completed barn conversion now serves as a welcoming new social center for the university's students. The interior space was extended significantly thanks to a new sloped roof. The architects left the

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this 19th century home has recently undergone through a massive renovation. The Turin-based architects stripped away the aged building materials and replaced them with

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Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Originally designed by Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church is a sharply peaked structure with eaves extending almost to the ground. The massive church was renovated to house both the public

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UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower might be getting a solar facelift. The Guardian reports that the House of Commons is looking into plans that would add solar panels to the landmark’s clock face.

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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Studio Levitate’s New Oak Walkway Restores Access to 16th Century Sandsfoot Castle

Studio Levitate’s New Oak Walkway Restores Access to 16th Century Sandsfoot Castle

Studio Levitate designed a lightweight walkway made from oak for a ruined 16th century castle in the UK. Due to coastal erosion, the Sandsfoot Castle in Dorset was designated as unsafe for visitors and

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

The renovation process included installing extra cinema screens, an outdoor 750 seat amphitheater, additional storage vaults for the institute's extensive film archive and a Latin American cinema museum.

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The budget for redesigning the 400,000 square foot (37,000 square meter) steel, brick and glass building is estimated to be in the $225 million to $250 million range. The cost to construct the original

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Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

'm emailing on behalf of owner and artist, Brad Kopek. We would love if you would consider Brad's fully sustainable Gallery/Residence/Work Space for a feature on your website. Brad owns a unique

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Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

The garage is situated on an old farm that was once part of a nearby castle in Zdislavice. After World War II, the estate was nationalized and severely damaged. Two main barns were completely demolished

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

One Dallas Center, also known as Patriot Tower, was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, but over the years became financially bankrupt and left vacant. HKS decided to make their new

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Sophisticated Beach-Inspired Extension Brings Summer to an Aging Victorian Home in London

Sophisticated Beach-Inspired Extension Brings Summer to an Aging Victorian Home in London

Right in the midst of frigid temps around the UK, London-based architects Hayhurst and Co. have managed to bring a bit of summer time ambience to one lucky London home owner. The British architects have

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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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Paris’ Ghost Metro Stations Could Become Subterranean Swimming Pools and Restaurants

Paris’ Ghost Metro Stations Could Become Subterranean Swimming Pools and Restaurants

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and her team recently unveiled sketches for a series of projects that would reclaim the City of Light’s abandoned Metro stations. There are many different proposals for

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Beautifully Renovated Rierson-Salmons Cabin is Wrapped With an Energy-Efficient Envelope

Beautifully Renovated Rierson-Salmons Cabin is Wrapped With an Energy-Efficient Envelope

The exterior of the Rierson-Salmons Cabin features a thoroughly modern facade accented by linear forms. The black exterior cladding contrasts with the whitewashed masonry texture and naturally-aged wood

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

The residents of the home wanted a renovation that created flexible living spaces, since their children had grown and moved out. Wasserfall Munting took inspiration from the surrounding natural

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art just acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House, and the institution plans to transport it from the Borough of Millstone in New York to Crystal Bridges’

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

Before the Soviet-era development of the drainage pump station and fish farm, the site held a single-story silicate brick building, some old water infrastructure, and a pump. SAALS was tasked with

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Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

The project includes the renovation of the Michigan Phoenix Laboratory, built in 1955 as a living memorial to men and women who lost their lives in the World War II, and a new addition which houses the

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