War ruins are reborn as a sustainable home in Lebanon

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Having survived the Lebanese Civil War and previously used as a torture and detention center for militia forces, The House with two lives has had a colorful past to say in the least. So when Lebanese design practice Nabil Gholam Architects was asked to renovate the structure—originally built as a resort building in the 1930s—the firm took their time to sensitively pick apart the site’s history and breathe new and positive life into the property. Described as “difficult exorcism,” the design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built of locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable LEDs.

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Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub

A new adaptive reuse project is looking to save a sweet piece of history in China. International design firm Woods Bagot unveiled plans to revitalize the disused Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District into a spectacular new cultural park. Designed to include a sugar industry museum and a chocolate factory among other facilities, the mixed-use development will aim to offset its carbon footprint with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

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