Worlds largest Victorian glasshouse receives a glorious restoration

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After five years of restoration work, the iconic Temperate House recently reopened to the public, bringing with it an astounding 10,000 plants—many of which are rare and threatened. Designed by Decimus Burston and completed in 1899, the Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and iconic landmark of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. To restore the building back to its full glory, Donald Insall Associates was called upon to sensitively renovate the greenhouse and insert modern… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



London architects infuse dated Victorian townhouse with tons of modern personality

This refurbishment project in North London emphasizes the Victorian past of the house while infusing it with a modern personality. Architecture firm LLI Design enhanced some and reinstated other features of the building, and redesigned the rear kitchen extension by giving it a contemporary aesthetic.

The original layout of the house had nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior which the design team enhanced by stripping out some of the dated features and reinstating… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Melbourne architects renovate an 1880s Victorian home for the 21st century

The architects used white brick for the exterior of the house, as well as elements of the interior, including the fireplace. Natural materials such as cedar timber and hardwood dominate the verandah and extend into the interior. This combination reflects the varied mix of industrial and residential buildings, garages and outbuildings in the neighborhood.

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A simple white palette dominates the interior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building