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Vincent Callebaut wins bid to sustainably revive Aix-les-Bains ancient thermal baths

The defunct National Baths of Aix-les-Bains will receive a vibrant and sustainably minded revival in the hands of the Paris-based practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures. Selected as the winner of a competition following the popular vote, the firm’s proposal — dubbed “The Foam of Waves” — will not only restore the ancient thermal baths, but also introduce a sustainable, energy-producing paradigm that follows the carbon-neutral guidelines as recommended by COP 21. The project will adopt a mixed...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Heritage, Paris, Luxembourg, Solar Energy, COP 21, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Green Roof, Vincent Callebaut, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Biomass, Rainwater


A 1920s cottage gets a new lease on life as an urban barnyard house

When a family of four outgrew their 1920s cottage in Melbourne and were about to embark on an extensive renovation, they asked Australian design studio Inbetween Architecture for a second opinion on the blueprints. Impressed by the consultation, the clients ended up scrapping their plans and instead put their faith in Inbetween Architecture to lead the redesign, one which would be more sensitive to the family’s lifestyle — and their chickens and honey bees. Affectionately called the “Urban Barn...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Urban Farming, Recycled Materials, Salvaged Materials, Green Renovation, Timber, Honey Bees, Cottage, Beekeeping, Shed, Gabled Roofs


An old Brooklyn sugar refinery becomes creative office spaces

A historic waterfront factory has been given a new lease on life thanks to New York-based architecture firm ODA and Triangle Assets. Located at 10 Jay Street in DUMBO, New York City, the project explores both adaptive reuse and historic preservation in its transformation of the former Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery into creative office spaces. The sensitive renovation updates the building to modern standards while carefully preserving its history, from the restrained industrial-inspired mater...
Tags: New York, Design, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Manhattan, Warehouse, Historic Preservation, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Williamsburg, Office Space, ODA, Brooklyn Bridge Park


Boutique Ibiza hotel sports a checkerboard facade to take in cooling breezes

Barcelona-based studio Ribas & Ribas Architects has transformed an old apartment building into Hotel Sir Joan Ibiza, a contemporary and chic boutique hotel designed with sustainability in mind. Located in the heart of the Spanish island of Ibiza, the building has been restyled to include 38 rooms and suites dressed to reflect the island’s nautical elements, from stripped wood yacht floors to porthole-inspired vanity mirrors. Its eye-catching, checkerboard-like facade features openings that take...
Tags: Design, Tel Aviv, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Ibiza, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Old Town, Boutique Hotel, Adaptive Reuse, Natural Ventilation, Stainless Steel, Carrara Marble


An old office is transformed into the Netherlands' most sustainable renovated building

In Amsterdam South, a newly renovated office building with a shimmering silver roof has achieved BREEAM Outstanding, a green building rating that arguably makes the property the most sustainable adaptive reuse project in the Netherlands. Formerly a neglected office complex, the empty building was transformed in the hands of Dutch architectural firm Benthem Crouwel Architects and now serves as the energy-positive offices for Goede Doelen Loterijen (Dutch Charity Lotteries). A major goal of the ...
Tags: Design, Office, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Solar, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Green Renovation, Recyclable Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Green Roof, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use


Old Swedish farm is reborn as a cozy woodland cabin holiday home

Swedish architectural practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor converted a large old farm in the south of Sweden into a holiday home with a cozy woodland cabin atmosphere. Commissioned by a family who reside in the nearby city of Malmö, the countryside retreat was fashioned as a luxurious escape into nature built predominately with timber and designed to embrace views of the lush forest through floor-to-ceiling glazing. The adaptive reuse project—dubbed Kvarnhuset (The Mill House)—has respected the far...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, House, Malmo, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Farmhouse, Barn, OAK, Limestone, CLT, Detailing


A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

When Bandung-based architectural studio Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture was asked to renovate an old house in the West Java neighborhood of Kiaracondong in Indonesia, they made a surprising discovery. During the demolition process, the architects found that the wooden roof truss structure was in very good condition, despite its age, thanks to a culturally significant type of timber, a kind of Albizzia wood that’s been mummified to improve strength and durability. Described by the architects as...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Timber Cladding, Bandung, West Java, Atrium, House Renovation, Albizzia House, Albizzia wood


Uber transforms 19th-century industrial buildings into hub for futuristic tech

A row of historic industrial buildings long considered at-risk of collapse has been saved thanks to Uber. The Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center, a group that develops experimental and futuristic transit projects including self-driving technologies, is now housed within part of San Francisco’s Pier 70 — the best-preserved 19th century industrial complex west of the Mississippi. A sensitive undertaking, the adaptive reuse project breathed new life into the decrepit structures yet stayed...
Tags: Uber, Design, Mississippi, San Francisco, Architecture, Gallery, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Dogpatch, Industrial architecture, Industrial Inspired Design, Post Industrial Architecture, Pier 70, SITELAB


Afghanistans Chihilsitoon Garden is restored with rammed earth architecture

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has breathed new life and purpose into the Chihilsitoon Garden, a historic cultural destination in Kabul, Afghanistan that was in ruins for nearly three decades. Founded in the 19th century, the Chihilsitoon Garden had once housed visiting dignitaries such as U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, but suffered looting and damage during the internecine conflict of the early 1990s. Now restored to its former glory, the Chihi...
Tags: Garden, Design, Afghanistan, Architecture, Gallery, Kabul, Landscaping, Green space, Green Renovation, Earthquake-resistant Architecture, Rammed Earth, KABUL Afghanistan, Dwight D Eisenhower, Simon Norfolk, Nikita Khrushchev, Rehabilitation


A historical 16th-century building in Austria gets a green makeover

When architectural studio Peter Ebner and friends was tapped to design a building with two residential units in Salzburg, Austria, the firm not only had to contend with an abandoned historic property onsite but also the challenge of pushback from the local community. Although the existing 16th-century building had been neglected for years, fear of change to the building’s historic appearance sparked anxiety among the community and drove the architects to take an especially sensitive approach. T...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Salzburg, Archbishop, Historic Preservation, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Contemporary Architecture, Residence, Salzburg Austria, Stucco, Wolf Dietrich, Salzburg Cathedral


Breezy caravan-inspired annex uses passive design for thermal comfort

In Melbourne, Australia, a 1960s family home has been updated with a new contemporary extension that draws inspiration from a traveling caravan. Flanked by lush greenery, the Bent Annexe is filled with natural light and designed to follow passive solar principles for energy efficiency. The modern addition was designed by Australian architectural practice BENT Architecture for an outdoor-loving family of four and their two active Dachshunds. The primary goal of the Bent Annexe was to open the re...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Passive Solar Principles, Melbourne Australia, Annex, Passive Cooling, Passive Heating, Full-height Glazing, Northern Light


Former concrete factory is reborn as a unique music-inspired high school in Denmark

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV and Denmark-based COBE Architects have just finished construction on the Roskilde Festival Folk High School, an unconventional school built inside a former concrete factory in Roskilde’s Musicon creative district just outside Copenhagen. Created to further the “lifelong learning” values of the world-famous Roskilde Music Festival that takes place every year in the small town, the high school follows an immersive and “non-formal adult education” championed by the Da...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, High School, Denmark, Copenhagen, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Roskilde, Adaptive Reuse, Shipping Containers, Cargotecture, Modular Architecture, Roskilde Festival, Orange Stage, MVRDV


MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece o...
Tags: Transparency, Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Commerce, Expansion, Palace, Historic Preservation, Rennes, Place De La République, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse


A dilapidated garage transforms into an industrial-chic micro home

Vilnius-based IM Interior has proven once again that great design doesn’t need a lot of space. The architects recently revamped an old garage in the Lithuanian capital into a stunning micro home clad in a weathered steel. The 226-square-foot space was also completely made-over with a warm birch wood interior cladding and recessed lighting to create a modern and comfortable living space. While many critics argue that micro housing is not a feasible solution to soaring real estate prices around ...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home, Green Renovation, Micro Home, Vilnius, Corten steel, Weathered Steel, IM Interior, Recessed Lighting, Indrė Mylytė Sinkevičienė


ODA to transform Rotterdams historic post office into a vibrant destination

After sitting vacant for over a decade, Rotterdam’s former Central Post Office, the Postkantoor, will soon undergo an extraordinary transformation into a vibrant, mixed-use destination. Designed by ODA New York, the adaptive reuse project will span 58,000 square meters and sensitively restore the building’s early 20th century architecture while injecting new programming ranging from retail to a five-star hotel. ODA will work in close collaboration with local architecture firm Braaksma & Roos Ar...
Tags: New York, Design, Post Office, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Hotel, Historic Preservation, Restoration, Green Renovation, Rotterdam, Historic Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Kimpton, ODA


A 1970 home gets a modern, light-filled revamp in Santiago

When a family with three children sought a modern refresh for their aging home in the commune of Las Condes in Santiago, they turned to local architecture firm Cristobal Vial Arquitectos to lead the redesign. The house — which belongs to a set of 25 one-story homes originally designed by architects Christian de Groote, Victor Gubbins and Hector Mery — already enjoys access to two gardens, one to the north and the other to the south. The green renovation emphasized these garden views by strippin...
Tags: Design, Mixed Media, Architecture, Gallery, Santiago, Expansion, Gardens, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Skylight, Exposed Concrete, Las Condes, Cristobal Vial Arquitectos, Golfo de Darien House, Thermopanel Crystals, Radiant Slab System


A Victorian cottage gets a stylish and sustainable makeover

In one of its latest eco-conscious retrofits, Australian architecture firm Green Sheep Collective has given a single-fronted timber Victorian cottage a sustainable transformation in inner Melbourne. The renovation and expansion project combined recycled and eco-certified materials with low-tech, passive solar principles to reduce the carbon footprint of the home while improving livability. Filled with light and contemporary flourishes, the updated house — named Magnolia Soul — has also been des...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Passive Solar, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Plywood, Rainwater Harvesting, Double-glazed Windows, Recycled Brick, Eco Friendly Architecture, Green Sheep Collective, Magnolia Tree, Green Sheep Collective Photography


Historic apartment is rehabbed into a bright and modern home in Barcelona

In Barcelona, Spain, a historic apartment in a block of flats dating back to the 1900s has been transformed into a minimalist and modern home. Local design studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes directed the renovation for clients who wanted a completely renewed space with greater access to daylight. Completed in 2017, the project, called the TS01 Interior Refurbishment, not only offers improved access to natural light and ventilation, but also uncovers original architectural details. Located in...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Born, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Minimalist Design, Historic Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Barcelona Spain, Galley Kitchen, Custom Furniture, Refurbishment


An old post office is reborn as a bright and breezy beach house

A former post office has been revived as a bright and breezy beach house in Breamlea, Australia. Designed by St. Kilda-based design firm OOF! Architecture, the modern makeover—dubbed the Green Shutter House—was created for clients who had already adapted the post office into a home but were frustrated with the building’s lack of connection with the outdoors. The renovation process opened the front of the house up to waterfront views while introducing more natural light and ventilation to the in...
Tags: Design, Australia, Post Office, Architecture, Gallery, Copenhagen, Beach, Wetlands, St Kilda, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Salvaged Materials, Green Renovation, Shutter, Plywood, Adaptive Reuse


Heritage Melbourne home is reborn as a modern dwelling filled with light and views

Fitzroy-based design studio Field Office Architecture has given a small 19th-century Victorian terrace a contemporary facelift with walls of double-glazed glass and crisp, clean lines throughout. Dubbed the Clifton Hill House after the suburb in which it resides, the compact home sits at the end of a row of similar heritage houses and had been given many ad-hoc renovations over the years. The architects stripped back all of the additions to bring in light and views, while improving the home’s e...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Expansion, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Contemporary House, Courtyard, Heritage House, Open-plan, Cross-ventilation, Recycled Brick


Gorgeous new Apple store is powered entirely by renewable energy in Paris

The latest Apple store designed by Foster + Partners has opened in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building on Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Powered with 100 percent renewable energy, Apple Champs-Élysées draws energy from the photovoltaic panels integrated into its kaleidoscopic roof light and collects rainwater for reuse in the bathrooms and irrigation systems. Described by Apple as the tech company’s “grandest Forum,” the retail location blends historic architecture with contemporary design i...
Tags: Apple, Design, Milan, France, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Forum, Paris, Apple Store, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Daylight, Rainwater Collection


Sasaki to transform Shanghais Hongkou Stadium with a High Line-esque park

International disciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki has unveiled designs to transform China’s first professional soccer stadium into a sustainably minded mixed-use hub focused on health and wellness. Designed to stitch the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium back into the urban fabric, the proposal will reactivate the stadium as a destination even on non-game days while improving the expanded building’s energy efficiency. Key to the design intervention will be the addition of the Midline, an elevat...
Tags: Design, Minnesota, China, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Energy Efficiency, Stadium, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Stadium Design, Solar Heat Gain, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Rooftop Garden


A stone barn is transformed into a modern, energy-conscious home in Verona

Milan-based architecture practice Studio Wok has revamped a historic stone barn into a contemporary country home using environmentally friendly materials and design choices. Located in the small parish of Chievo in the west of Verona, Italy, the adaptive reuse project carefully respects the architectural heritage of the site while tastefully bringing the residence up to modern living standards. The result is a charming dwelling filled with natural light, warm timber surfaces and framed views of...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Verona, Vicenza, Countryside, Chievo, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Larch, Verona Italy, Stone, Locally Sourced Materials, Stone Barn


A historic hotel is sustainably revamped into a charming alpine village getaway

Bolzano and Berlin-based design practice NOA (network of architecture) recently renovated and expanded the Zallinger Refuge, a holiday guesthouse in the Dolomites that prides itself on its eco-friendly features. Located in Seiser Alm at 2,200 meters with breathtaking mountain views, the updated hotel comprises a cluster of structures that reference the site’s history and South Tyrolean architecture. The project has been certified under Climahotel, a certification program by the Climate House Ag...
Tags: Design, Berlin, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Chalets, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Alpine Architecture, Sauna, Bolzano, Noa, Sustainable Hotel, Prefabrication


Anderson Architecture revamps a dim heritage home into a modern sun-soaked abode

When Sydney-based design studio Anderson Architecture was asked to improve the livability of an old heritage home in the inner western Sydney suburb of Lewisham, the house suffered from a cold and dark indoor environment. Drawing on their experience on sustainable design, the architects rearranged the home in accordance to passive solar design in a light-filled transformation that earned the project its name, Suntrap. The contemporary renovation has even doubled the thermal efficiency of the li...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Norway, Passive House, Anderson, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Thermal Efficiency, Rainwater Harvesting


Architects want to transform an old Dutch bridge into zero-energy apartments

In a bid to save, rather than tear down, a historically significant bridge in the Netherlands, Delft-based cepezed architects unveiled an adaptive reuse scheme for turning the defunct bridge into a base for energy-neutral dwellings and a conference center. Created in collaboration with Expericon, Hollandia Infra, Mammoet and the IV-Group, this innovative proposal was the result of a consortium that sought to sustainably redevelop the structure, which spans the river Lek near Vianen. Although th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Bridge, Stockholm, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Green Renovation, Net-zero Energy, Adaptive Reuse, Lek, Netherlands Starting, Sustainable Architecture, Zero energy, Energy Neutral, IV Group


An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown

An 80-year-old warehouse has been elegantly remade into the chic Paramount House Hotel, a boutique property that champions sustainable practices in more ways than one. Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, the adaptive reuse project in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia houses 29 unique rooms as well as a sun-soaked lobby that weaves original architectural features together with contemporary elements. In addition to the sensitive renovation of the historic building, the architects also ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Hotel, Melbourne, Warehouse, Chevron, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Copper, Natural Ventilation


MAD Architects to transform an ancient Chinese courtyard into a kindergarten with a "floating roof"

Beijing-based design practice MAD Architects has broken ground on the Courtyard Kindergarten, a striking adaptive reuse project that transform a traditional siheyuan courtyard from the 1700s into the site of a creative and colorful kindergarten. Located in Beijing, the project aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the site while injecting fresh life through the addition of new structures, including a “dynamic floating roof” that surrounds the historic courtyard. As with many of the firm’s p...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Schools, Restoration, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Mad Architects, Adaptive Reuse, Courtyard, Kindergarten, Chinese architecture, Ma Yansong, Mad Yansong


A dark, damp house becomes a sustainable, sun-soaked abode

Formerly cold, dim and damp, a terrace house in Northcote, Victoria has been reborn into a vibrant and welcoming dwelling with an emphasis on gardening. Designed by Green Sheep Collective for a client named Jill, the compact project, named Jill’s House, saw a modest expansion of just 22 square meters of space yet gained its bright and spacious feel thanks to a thorough renovation. Created to meet the client’s aspirations for a “very healthy home,” Jill’s House embraces recycled materials, low V...
Tags: Extension, Gardening, Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Expansion, Victoria, Passive Solar, Double Glazing, Northcote, Sustainable Design, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Jill


An ancient Jaipur palace property is transformed into a modern restaurant

New Delhi-based, multidisciplinary design practice Studio Lotus has transformed a portion of Jaipur’s lavish City Palace Museum into Baradari, a contemporary fine dining restaurant that pays homage to its rich architectural roots. Formerly used as a fairly nondescript palace cafe, the 14,000-square-foot property has been given a sumptuous revamp using traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. The adaptive reuse project is not only a hybrid of centuries-old elements and modern aestheti...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Restaurant, Gallery, Conservation, Preservation, LEDs, New Delhi, Craftsmanship, Historic Preservation, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Pavilion, Green Renovation, Lime