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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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Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

This home is a design and research project that sought to revitalize a typical suburban residential building with modern amenities and sustainable retrofits while adjusting the building's spacial program

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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6 Abandoned Churches That Have Been Transformed into Spectacular New Spaces

6 Abandoned Churches That Have Been Transformed into Spectacular New Spaces

Zecc Architects' St. Jakobus Church in Utrecht, The Netherlands Zecc Architects' turned St. Jakobus church in The Netherlands, into a modern, cozy home. The renovated holy building, which closed its

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Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

The Halle Freyssinet freight station was originally built in 1920, but in recent years it has been used as a reception and event center. This past summer Xavier Niel, founder of Le Monde, bought the hall

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Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Tayyar was originally inspired by a TV program about homes on wheels which sparked the change of lifestyle. From there he used his skills over the course of several years to shape his modern residence for

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BIG’s Green-Roofed Blåvand Bunker Museum in Denmark Receives Funding, Closer to Being Built

BIG’s Green-Roofed Blåvand Bunker Museum in Denmark Receives Funding, Closer to Being Built

The 2,500 square meter museum will be situated in Varde, a small town in the south of Denmark, within a former WWII bunker. Tucked into the shorelands of Blåvand, the new museum will be fully integrated

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Gorgeous 15th-Century Church Renovated as a Modern Bookstore in The Netherlands

Gorgeous 15th-Century Church Renovated as a Modern Bookstore in The Netherlands

Two architects, Jos Burger and Wouter Keijzer of BK. Architecten, in charge of the renovation of the old church decided to preserve the atmosphere of the existing place with a spatial intervention that

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Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

The front of the Moor Street House was left as is, but the back half of the home was removed to make way for a new, modern and more efficient space that the whole family could use. With only 15 feet of

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Austria’s Award-Winning Salzburg Central Station Reconstruction Nears Completion

Austria’s Award-Winning Salzburg Central Station Reconstruction Nears Completion

The architects were to rearrange the railway tracks in order to integrate the historic 1860s train station into the new master plan, which incorporates several bridges and passageways. The new 20 meter

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Sherwood House: BOX Living Renovates Old New Zealand Cottage Into Modern Family Home

Sherwood House: BOX Living Renovates Old New Zealand Cottage Into Modern Family Home

BOX Living carefully restored the Sherwood House's raised ceiling, fenestration, and skirting to turn the home back into the cottage it once was. The team then set to work constructing a new addition to

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Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

San Francisco's Richard Johnson Design took an aging cottage made of materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake and transformed it into a gorgeous "urban cabin" that opens up to the outdoors and welcomes

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB's House Morran is clad with plywood coated in tar - a material commonly used in maritime applications to preserve and seal wood. The home's long and lean body features

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Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Photo by Johannes Arlt The bunker's turbulent history dates back to 1943, when it was constructed as a shelter for some 30,000 Hamburg residents during the war. In 1947 the British tried to demolish it

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Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects responded to the need for more natural light in the interior of the home by adding a dramatic full-height exposed stair and a new glass wall at the side of the house, opening up

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Gorgeous Auckland Art Gallery Scoops Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival

Gorgeous Auckland Art Gallery Scoops Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival

The art gallery's innovative extension and refurbishment is centered around an open atrium that bridges the renovations, doubling exhibition space. A series of varying height roofs are lined with

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