Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home

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A 1924 barge in London has been transformed into an amazing floating home. The historic Humber Keel cargo boat now functions as a comfortable two-bedroom home with two baths, open living space and terrace views. The restored houseboat maintains the original woodwork and custom midcentury furnishings.

The barge, originally used for transporting steel and coal and working in shallow waters, sits in the Poplar Dock Marina of London. It offers 812 square feet of living space which includes two bedrooms,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Rammed-earth walls clad an observation tower blends into a Belgian nature reserve

Mother Nature has reclaimed a former gravel extraction area in Maasvalley Riverpark, a 2,500-hectare nature reserve straddling the Belgium-Netherlands border. To help visitors fully experience the revitalized area, De Gouden Liniaal Architecten designed a small observation tower that blends into the landscape with its rammed earth walls. Built of locally excavated materials, the Observation Tower Negenoord is the first public earthen building in the Benelux region.

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Sheep farm deep in Iceland’s fjords transformed into luxury off-grid retreat

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Old coal crane in Denmark converted into swanky hanging retreat and spa

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Modular shed-like addition turns a 1930s bungalow into an open, light-filled home

A 1930s Californian Bungalow in Sydney received a modern shed-like addition that maximizes the potential of the original structure. Architect Prineas designed the addition as a modular structure that’s easy to build and replicate for optimal flexibility.

The Allen Key House comprises an original 1930s bungalow and an modern, modular addition conceived as a shed-like structure. The latter emphasizes the kitchen and entertaining areas and acts as the true heart of the home.

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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

Centuries-old apartment in Israel transformed into a remarkable modern “cave”

This renovation of this apartment in Israel unifies the cavernous, centuries-old rooms into a modern residence that offers multiple views of the sea. Pitsou Kedem Architects concealed some parts of the ceiling arches while uncovering others to create a subtle combination of the old and the new.

The rooms of the apartment, located in Tel Aviv-Yafo¬– an ancient port city in Israel– have been altered over hundreds of years. Each room has its own character and ground level. The architects… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Royal Navy Helicopter transformed into an amazing hotel room in Scotland

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The Netherlands is converting prisons into homes for refugees

Unlike the United States of America, the prison population and crime rate in the Netherlands has been steadily decreasing for years. As a result, the country’s government is repurposing correctional facilities into housing for refugees who are waiting to be granted asylum status — a process that usually takes a minimum of six months. Not only will the refugees not be required to work, they will be supplied with educational materials to learn Dutch, ride bicycles and build connections within the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s Smallest Garden lets you recycle old bottles into adorable hydroponic gardens

You can always recycle an old wine bottle, but what if you could transform it into a tiny garden instead? Urban Leaf empowers people to grow food at home through The World’s Smallest Garden, and upcycle used bottles into planters. It takes minutes to put together one of the mini gardens, which can grow greens and herbs year-round.

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