sustainable renovation

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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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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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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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

The architect, Ulla Hell, sought a new home for her family of five, and the existing 1960s hotel needed a smart upgrade. The residential addition is organized over two floors, and every room has access to

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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by all of the

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Expanding the Cosgriff House in Annandale without undue environmental impact was a driving force behind this green renovation, which is why Christopher Polly Architect did everything possible to "embed

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Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

3Gatti's Francesco Gatti was inspired by the hot summer months in Shanghai, when just about everyone carries colorful parasols. He decided to spin this common shading system in a way that would be

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Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

In order to grow the ground floor, Maxwan added two new boxes to the original building. Protruding from the kitchen is a monolithic concrete volume and a floor to ceiling glass box pushes the living room

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Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard's HOUSE House is owned by a single extended family and it consists of two homes set right next to each other. Originally, an extension jutted out into the back yards and all but eliminated

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Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

The building sits on a 5-acre site to the south of Halifax, Canada, and it connects the city to the waterfront. Its entrance is dominated by exposed steel framework reminiscent of the industrial look of

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Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects used natural materials like wood cladding, glass, and copper to extend the Hawthbush farmhouse while staying true to the region's pastoral architectural vernacular. Mole Architects

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Originally the Golden Gate Valley Library was named the Carnegie Library and was completed in 1918 in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Ernest Coxhead. The basilica-shaped library needed a renovation and

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The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

Originally built in 1978, the GORI paint factory was considered innovative and set new standards for manufacturing facilities. It was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and management

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Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Using the same traditional technique used to aerate hay, JFK and FUGA have left gaps between the spruce cladding to bring in natural light. This combined with cut outs on all sides of the building ensures

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A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A 563 square foot block house, the House in Estoril is actually quite bland at first glance given its rectangular shape and masculine interior organization. But the green wall gives it some character and

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The Renovated Aichinger House in Austria Has Curtains on the Outside!

The Renovated Aichinger House in Austria Has Curtains on the Outside!

We know of many creative solutions for keeping houses cool in the summertime, but this is the first time we've seen a house with its curtains on the outside! Hertl Architekten added tall drapes to the

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

In addition to providing a shield against the summer sun, the singular rectangular screen is laid in horizontal strips with gaps in-between that allows natural light to penetrate the home's interior. The

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Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

Eco Modern Flats Renovation is the First Multifamily LEED Platinum Project in Arkansas

The four existing apartment buildings were originally constructed between 1968 and 1972 and still had good bones of precast concrete and split face block, but were in need of upgrades in thermal comfort,

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Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who

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Spanish Architects Transform a Disused Marketplace into a Fun Children’s Center

Spanish Architects Transform a Disused Marketplace into a Fun Children’s Center

Opting for lightweight construction materials, the designers built a double storey wood enclosure that fits inside the cavernous structure that has been disused for several years. A nifty slide connects

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Norwegian Northface Home Looks Like a Periscope Peering Over the Fjord

Norwegian Northface Home Looks Like a Periscope Peering Over the Fjord

One of the key goals of this program was to renovate the home as economically as possible while optimizing the residence's northern orientation. It was also necessary to maximize the southern exposure.

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Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will's new Atlanta office is the current record holder as the highest scoring LEED Platinum project in North America under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction. This super high

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Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

YLAB has renovated an aging 130 square meter apartment in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter into a beautiful modern home. The original space is composed of a sequence of bright and spacious rooms

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