19th-century church converted into gorgeous modern lofts in Brooklyn

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Protruding from a cliff edge above a river in Japan, this holiday villa for a doctor and his wife provides spectacular views of its surrounding landscape. The two-floor reinforced concrete structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations, establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood interiors contrasting the concrete walls.

The villa is located in the Tenkawa village and cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It is built into flat bedrock,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Sleep like an angel in this renovated 18th-century church in Tuscany

Travelling through Tuscany can be a life-changing experience, especially if you stay in this 18-th century church turned into a luxury hotel suite. As part of the conversion project, architecture firm O2 Studio redesigned the church by preserving and restoring original frescos and the central altar, and introducing luxury furniture and fixtures to give it a modern feel.

The former church is located on the premises of the new Villa Marta hotel, near the city of Lucca in Tuscany. For years the structure… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tom Dixon transforms a 17th-century London church into a chic co-working space

The motivation behind the project began with Baughen’s desire to make the church more available to the daytime residents and creative workforce of Clerkenwell, an area in central London. The temporary intervention also gave Dixon the opportunity to display his new lighting and furniture products against a stunning historic backdrop with soaring ceilings and huge stained glass windows.

“As the Church evolves and adapts to the new conditions of the 21st century, the opportunity of opening… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building