Midcentury, Scandinavian-inspired Canadian chalet gets a spectacular renovation

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An aging chalet in Canada that was facing demolition has been completely turned around thanks to a stunning renovation led by Montreal-based design studio Alain Carle Architecte. Originally built in the 1960s, the Maribou Residence features midcentury Scandinavian architectural influences—no doubt inspired by the rise of Alvar Aalto’s reputation during that time period. Enamored with the home’s history, the clients wanted to conserve the home’s original character while modernizing the appearance…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The 1970s brick Upside-Down House gets an eco-friendly refresh

Melbourne-based Inbetween Architecture has breathed new life into a dark and tired 1970s double brick home in Kew, Australia. Nicknamed the Upside-Down House, the gut-renovation includes a dramatically transformed interior in addition to a focus on natural daylight and energy efficiency. In addition to increased daylighting with skylights and adherence to passive solar principles, the remodeled home was fitted with energy-saving LEDs, hydronic heating, improved insulation, and solar-powered ventilators…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry

When automation caused a significant surplus and price drop of dairy products, one non-profit stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to sell their foods while keeping hungry families fed in the city.

After shifting farms from traditional milk packaging and sales, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers struggled to keep family businesses afloat. According to a study by the Center for Dairy Excellence,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An 1820s Catskills manor gets a marvelous modern makeover

Just two hours outside New York City sits a stunning vacation rental that blends old-world charm with contemporary design. Completed by architectural designer Tom Givone over the course of four years, the property was dramatically reworked from a decaying manor into the Floating Farmhouse, a beautiful home that combines historic and modern elements. Crafted to embrace the outdoors, the light-filled home features a veranda that appears to hover over the edge of a pristine Catskills creek as well as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Historic Polish microbrewery and mountain lodge gets a beautiful 21st-century update

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A 1940s home gets a modern update with reclaimed materials

Australian studio Porter Architects has sensitively restored and updated a 1940s dwelling in Lake Wendouree, Australia into a modern and light-filled family home. Large windows, contemporary furnishings and finishes breathe new life into the Ballarat property, but the clients and architects were also careful to preserve the home’s original historic elements as well. As a result, recycled and reclaimed materials were used throughout the renovation.

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Undulating green-roofed resort gets green light for coastal Turkey town

A new health and wellness resort planned for a Turkish coastal town appears to lift out of the ground into a series of rolling hills. Designed by architecture firm ENOTA, the sprawling green-roofed Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort just received the green light for construction in Cesme, Turkey. Designed to mimic the surrounding hilly terrain, this lush resort taps into the landscape’s thermal waters to offer a spa, waterpark, hotel, medical prevention center, elderly care facility, and other health… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lakeside cabin made out of reclaimed wood is as idyllic as it gets

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House by the Forest gets a retro remodel that helps it blend into its surroundings

Architecture firm kaa-studio used classical building materials and techniques to reconstruct a simple suburban house in Czech Republic and revamp it as a retro-styled weekend getaway. With its dark and grey-brown facade the House by the Forest blends into its natural surroundings and channels the simplicity of rural living.

The architects preserved as much as possible of the original structure and focused on reorganizing its interior to open it up towards the garden and bring natural light in…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated Beijing factory gets new life with an elegantly-integrated Zen garden

After several renovations since the construction of this Beijing factory in 1970, an extensive overhaul turned it into a series of office spaces with a beautiful Zen garden in the back. He Wei Studio / 3andwich Design renovated the building to convey the essence of the traditional Chinese private garden and allow occupants to enjoy the courtyard in different times and from different perspectives.

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