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



An innovative forever house renovation features a pocket park for the community

Mention the word ‘renovation’, and thoughts of expansion immediately spring to mind—especially in the expensive Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. So when the owners of a two-story terrace house in Fitzroy decided against creating a large home and instead sought to turn part of their unused site into a “pocket park”, they smartly tapped Austin Maynard Architects to lead their project. The local Australian architecture firm—known for their creative and anti-McMansion designs—created the King… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Winning Montreal Biodme renovation deepens visitor connection to fauna and flora

Four ecosystems of the Americas, nestled in the Montreal velodrome originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games, will host over 4,500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species. Design studio KANVA collaborated with NEUF architect(e)s to design the winning competition proposal which will revitalize the existing structure and transform it into an immersive environment that strengthens the relationship between man and nature.

The Biodrome is part of a series of museum pavilions collectively… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building