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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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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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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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100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

A historical treasure and city landmark, the Provo Tabernacle was originally constructed from 1883 to 1898 and has since been used as a gathering place for community meetings and cultural events, most

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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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Barrakka Lift Scales 20 Stories of Fortified Walls in the Capital City of Malta

Barrakka Lift Scales 20 Stories of Fortified Walls in the Capital City of Malta

The new and improved access route will serve thousands of visitors approaching the city from the traditional arrival point at the foot of the bastions. Increased demands of the structure mean it now has a

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

Located southwest of the historic city center of Guimarães, Portugal, the Landscape Laboratory stands in a rural area near the National Ecological Reserve (REN). The architects preserved the original

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

Before work began, Congo Street was a collection of small houses in a state of disrepair. Many residents had lived there for years in houses that had been handed down from parents or grandparents, but the

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Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

The architects completed the renovation using restoration materials that complemented the existing house and developed what was already there. But the new renovations are distinct from Philip Johnson's

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Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

When Hoekstra was a kid in the 60s, he saw these classic mobile caravans still in use and he promised himself that one day he would buy one. When he bought his first fixer-upper, he was a graphic

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Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Transformed Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Transformed Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

For the Grindbakken pits' first temporary activity, Rotor came up with the idea of framing several parts of the concrete, as opposed to painting them. Their concept adapts and reuses what already existed

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Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

We may think of Ireland as the origin of Guinness and St. Patrick's Day, but the country's history is far darker than many Americans realize. For centuries, Nationalists who believe Ireland should be

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17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

17th Century Palace Transformed into a Luxe Boutique Hotel In Mexico City’s Historic Center

The Palace of the Counts of Miravalle is one of the oldest buildings in Mexico's historic center and was originally home to Don Alonso de Ulibarri Davalos Bracamontes and de la Cueva, who was chancellor

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Medieval Barn in Essex Transformed into a 21st-Century Home with Artist Studios

Medieval Barn in Essex Transformed into a 21st-Century Home with Artist Studios

Spearheaded by Hudson Architects, the barn project depended extensively on original and reclaimed materials, with new structural interventions kept to a minimum. Almost all the original timber-framed

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Star Wars Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Igloo-Shaped Home in Tunisia!

Star Wars Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Igloo-Shaped Home in Tunisia!

Dermul is a frequent visitor to Tunisia, having served as a guide to the filming locations of the fictional planet of Tatooine (Luke and Anakin Skywalker's home planet) for more than a decade. According

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Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

The three-story, single-family home was built on a hillside in Brno in 1930 for a Jewish family, and it was seized in 1939 by the Gestapo and later used as an office and apartment building. Since 1994,

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PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

As the station was originally built in 1852 and listed as a Grade I facility, the facade had to remain fully intact. The renovation had to carefully and creatively restore and keep this intact while

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ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden Opens Up an Underground River in Seoul

ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden Opens Up an Underground River in Seoul

For 40 years, the Cheonggyecheon stream was covered with pavement and used as a road. Only those who saw the waterbody before it was filled in and covered over even knew it was a stream until the early

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BOOK REVIEW: Restoring a House in the City

BOOK REVIEW: Restoring a House in the City

It was a great pleasure to step away from the computer and check out a fabulously beautiful book sent to us by Artisan publishers on the eco-friendly practice of restoring townhomes, brownstones and row

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VW+BS’ Periscope Building Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Singapore

VW+BS’ Periscope Building Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Singapore

In big, bustling cities, it's hard to find new space for commercial buildings. But the VW +BS architectural firm took their search in Singapore above and beyond, literally. Their newly constructed

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A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

"The goal of this 6800 square foot commercial office renovation project was to recycle a pair of older, historic structures, giving them a new identity and purpose while retaining their historic

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Manta Ray-Inspired Saffire Resort Restores a Tasmanian Site To Its Previous Glory

Manta Ray-Inspired Saffire Resort Restores a Tasmanian Site To Its Previous Glory

The site of the Saffire Resort was once a disused caravan park, so considerable time was spent rejuvenating the landscape and restoring natural ecosystems where possible. With the help of landscape

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Preserved Cannon Foundry Wrapped in a Glass Box Makes for a Striking Modern House

Preserved Cannon Foundry Wrapped in a Glass Box Makes for a Striking Modern House

The home is located on a site near Vilnius, Lithuania, and based on an original structure that served as a cannon foundry back in the Middle Ages. The old yellow brick lodge was preserved lovingly by the

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19th Century Military Bunker Transformed Into Waterside Landmark

19th Century Military Bunker Transformed Into Waterside Landmark

An abandoned military bunker in The Netherlands has been transformed into a striking waterside landmark by Reitvel Landscape. Used from 1815 until 1940, the area in which the structure is settled was a

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Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Photo by Bridgette Meinhold Sticky rice, which has been a staple of the Chinese diet for centuries, also played a huge role in the construction of their ultra-durable cities and walls. The glutinous

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Seoul Transforms a Freeway Into A River and Public Park

Seoul Transforms a Freeway Into A River and Public Park

The Cheonggyecheon stream was formed during the Joseon Dynasty in order to provide drainage for the city. It lasted for hundreds of years until the 1940s, when the city became so populated that a shanty

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