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



Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins

Researchers at Chichen Itza, the large Mayan city founded over 1,400 years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, have discovered a new secret passage that is believed to be connected to an underground cave, known as a cenote, at the Temple of Kukulkan. The discovery was made by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda and his team of researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, who used advanced imaging techniques to uncover the hidden passageway. Water-filled cenotes were sometimes used in Mayan… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Lily Jencks Studio crafted Ruin Studio with layers like a palimpsest, from the 200-year-old farmhouse frame to futuristic and tubular interior shell. In addition to the use of photovoltaics, the dwelling was built to near passivhaus standards and boasts a super-insulated envelope.

This unusual home located… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australia’s amazing Upcycle House is made from the ruins of an old home

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Mystical cantilever Tintagel Footbridge connects visitors to the legendary ruins of King Arthur castle

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7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

House of Ruins by NRJA

Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful contrast they provide, the stone and brick walls View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building