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Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin’s hippest neighborhood

Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin’s hippest neighborhood

This lively student housing block that mixes traditional Bavarian design elements, Danish furniture and laidback atmosphere is nestled in a 100-year-old factory in Berlin. New York-based real estate and

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Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a department store

Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a department store

Passing by a twelve story department store in Uijeongbu, South Korea, one wouldn't imagine that atop the ninth floor sits a surprising 20,000-square-foot park! Architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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Tristan Roland Design transforms salvaged materials into elegant furniture

Tristan Roland Design transforms salvaged materials into elegant furniture

Salvaged and reappropriated, Tristan Roland Design turns throw-away-furniture into reusable objects for the interior. Everyday objects intrigue Roland, helping him to envision a new life as a means of

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Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

House L began as a simple renovation project for a bathroom in the former 1970s farmhouse; however, the architects later decided to overhaul the entire building, only keeping the foundations and a small

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PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

The northeastern US has been inundated with snow over the past month, but one Maryland man has found a way to bring a smile to the faces of passersby with his rather unique snowplow. Dubbed "Loo-cy" David

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the "natural beauty found

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Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Peter Bahouth, former Greenpeace executive director and current executive director of the U.S. Climate Action Network designed and built the Secluded Intown Treehouse after six months of design and six

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB’s cleverly designed, limited edition bags and accessories are upcycled from a leather factory’s production waste. Collaborating with a factory in India, TRMTAB founders discovered that each

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Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

If you have ever had to wait around in the rain or snow for hours waiting for a bus to arrive, then you can imagine the public transport situation in Detroit. With half of the bus routes cancelled and a

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Deek has found a niche for himself by recycling scraps of metal, wood, and siding, as well as shipping pallets, flower boxes and a host of other materials he sometimes sources from the curbside, and

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which

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Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei's Straight installation continues the artist’s longstanding involvement in social, political and cultural activism. The work was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Noble Goods Unveils New Line of Sustainable Wood Furniture with Unique Resin Inlays

Noble Goods Unveils New Line of Sustainable Wood Furniture with Unique Resin Inlays

  Noble Goods gets its name from where it all began in 2011 -- on Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Christopher Moore and Molly FitzSimons founded the company in the basement of their home

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Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

It takes real skill to turn salvaged materials into something new and exciting, which is why we applaud Pickett Furniture's creative spin on recycling. They were on hand this weekend at BKLYN Designs,

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Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat's favorite local NYC design show, BKLYN Designs, just wrapped up a three-day run in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and the Inhabiteam was on the scene to source the latest and greatest

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Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Members of the indie band Bowerbirds have been trying their hand at sustainable design with this fantastic self-built studio project. Since 2007, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have been constructing their

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