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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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Albert Einstein High School Transforms Ugly 1960′s Building into a Modern Beauty in France

Albert Einstein High School Transforms Ugly 1960′s Building into a Modern Beauty in France

The project was realized as a collaboration between architecture agency NBJ (Elodie Nourrigat/Jacques Brion/Romain Jamot) and Francois Privat architects. The site, dominated by large, linear buildings

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Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Tourists are unlikely to stumble upon Glen Park. There's an aura of seclusion in the small San Francisco neighborhood, and that feeling extends to the Hill House, a new renovation project completed by

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Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

The original house is typical of the Japanese countryside, a simplistic one story structure with emphasis on common areas. The architects designed the ground floor extension to be nestled next to the main

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Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Scoops 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Best New Building

Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Scoops 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Best New Building

The Astley Castle, in its present form, fits perfectly into Central England’s landscape of moated manors, medieval gateways, misty lakes and gardens. Its ruin-like façade conceals a contemporary

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Super Resilient Beach House Clad in Natural Black Rubber Absorbs Winter Heat in Kent

Super Resilient Beach House Clad in Natural Black Rubber Absorbs Winter Heat in Kent

Many of the houses in and around Dungeness Beach were slowly expanded upon over the years and the vernacular involves a lot of improvisation. To stay in that style and spirit, Simon Condor Associates

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1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

The former grocery store had been used as office space until the owners bought it and decided to turn it into a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. Located on Williams Street in an area that was once an

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Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Rather than destroy the arsenal to make way for a new home, Ralph Germann proposed to keep the structure and renovate it. To ensure a high level of efficiency while retaining the building's original

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Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

"The house refuses the romantic and nostalgic ode to the bygone countryside and scoops out its inspirations contrariwise from the contemporary farm sheds," said Sylvain Dubail and David Begert. Covered

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1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

The Hood Canal Boathouse was once a lightless and uninspired concrete block shelter for storing boats. Without altering the height or its footprint, Bosworth Hoedemaker have created a totally new

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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen’s Historic Fish Market

Eder Biesel Arkitekter's fish market gives the historic site a modern twist with an angular, daylight-filled "floating" volume. A glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market

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19th Century Railway Carriage Renovated Into a Gorgeous Carbon-Negative Home in Kent

19th Century Railway Carriage Renovated Into a Gorgeous Carbon-Negative Home in Kent

The new house is cradled inside a highly insulated timber structure, with the old carriage as the center point of the main living area. Fully glazed elevations, in combination with smaller openings, frame

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape is a public courtyard and creative gathering space in front of the Freight building at the mixed-use Taxi Development in North Denver. Bordered by the Platte River to the east, the entire project

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Located in Ekaterinburg, the Russian museum is also a cultural hub for scientific research and acts as a bridge between contemporary art and public city spaces. With a total area of 27,000 square foot, it

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How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

Some of the most beautiful structures in the United States are post offices, but with more and more people using email as opposed to snail mail, many of these historic buildings are shuttering down. New

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious home. The

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