Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home

September 14, 2017 by  
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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, a large open-plan reception/dining area, modern galley kitchen, and a desk area. Related: Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint Much of the original woodwork has been retained throughout the house, including the original Goodin wood burner in the living room. Some of the additions to the interior include a dipped terra cotta pendant light by Hand and Eye Studio London, a Saikai Kaico Japanese enamel kettle, hand-thrown dishes by David Green Ceramics, and the 1960s Greaves and Thomas Egg chair. The house is currently for sale through The Modern House. + The Modern House Via Dwell

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Salvaged materials from devastating fire take new life in a British pier

July 26, 2017 by  
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A British seaside pier destroyed by a devastating fire in 2010 has made an incredible comeback in the hands of dRMM Architects . After a seven-year process, the century-old pier in Hastings, England was transformed from its decrepit and dangerous state to a vibrant new public space clad in reclaimed materials. Crafted in collaboration with the community, the Hastings Pier is an inspiring story of sustainable restoration and craft, earning it a place on the shortlist for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize , UK’s top architecture award. Originally constructed in 1872 and later topped with a pavilion that survived until the fire, the Hastings Pier enjoyed its heyday as an entertainment destination in the 1930s but later fell into disrepair and ultimately closed in recent decades due to neglect. Rather than restore the Victorian pier to its original design, drMM wanted to craft a pier better suited to the 21st century and focused on designing an attractive multipurpose space with few buildings. The architects not only redesigned the pier, but also wrote the brief and helped raise funds with the Heritage Lottery Fund that paid for structural repairs below deck and partially covered the costs of rebuilding the pier above deck. The most defining building on the new pier is the new visitor center , that’s not positioned at the end of the pier but rather on top of the damaged pier’s weakest section. The cross-laminated timber structure is clad in reclaimed timber salvaged from the fire and is topped with an accessible viewpoint rooftop that doubles as an events space. The only other structures are a pair of circular extensions that house a kitchen, staff facility, and toilet; a group of hut-like trading stalls; and deck furniture built from reclaimed materials as part of a local employment initiative. The 266-meter-long deck was rebuilt with sustainably sourced African Ekki hardwood. Related: Light-filled cancer center harnesses the healing power of nature RIBA wrote: “From a conservation perspective, this project has reinvigorated a fire-damaged historic structure and facilitated a contemporary and appropriate new 21st century use. The project has been mindful to integrate material from the original pier in the new design, and the process of restoration was used to help train a new generation of craft specialists.” + dRMM Via Dezeen Images © Alex de Rijke

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SCAD students save a piece of American history with vintage train car restoration

June 22, 2017 by  
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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s award-winning tradition of historic preservation hit another home run for Preservation Month. SCAD students salvaged a piece of American history that would have otherwise disappeared when they restored of a rare 1911 wooden passenger train car. The students turned the railroad preservation project into an educational opportunity and intentionally left parts of the train car in its found state to teach visitors about the preservation process. Owned by the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society , the decrepit rare train car was originally brought to the Georgia State Railroad Museum from the city of Augusta. As part of a spring student project, three graduate and eight undergraduate SCAD students carefully restored the 1911 train car to complement the SCAD Museum of Art, an adaptive reuse project that turned an 1853 antebellum railroad depot into a modern museum. The train car is currently displayed alongside the museum. Related: SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community “SCAD knows well the stories of Georgia’s railways—our award-winning SCAD Museum of Art rises proudly from the ruins of the nation’s oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot,” said SCAD President and Founder, Paula Wallace. “Now, the nation’s premier preservation design program helps narrate another tale for the appreciation of railfans for generations to come.” Students’ preservation work included replacing the train car’s exterior wood siding, refinishing woodwork, and stripping the original mahogany panels of layers of paint and shellac. + Savannah College of Art and Design Images by Dylan Wilson

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Forest restoration projects could create billions in new revenue

June 19, 2017 by  
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The economic benefits of restoring degraded or deforested land are an estimated $84 billion, roughly the entire gross domestic product of Sri Lanka in 2015.

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Forest restoration gets a tiny fraction of the money it needs

November 9, 2016 by  
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Only 17 percent of funding needs for forest restoration are met each year — and very little of that coming from the private sector.

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Beautifully renovated Lisbon home integrates indoor and outdoor life

June 13, 2016 by  
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The architects completely restored the three-story structure, including an attic, two exterior patios and a large terrace on the middle floor, transforming it into a comfortable single-family home. They brought new life to the beautiful detailing and rustic quality of the structure, but have also reorganized and adapted the spaces to better suit the needs of a modern family. Related: Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013 The entry area provides access to both the upper and lower floors, the latter of which houses the service areas and parking. The main living spaces, together with the dining room and kitchen, are located on the first floor and have direct access to the central terrace. The top floor accommodates three bedrooms, while the attic is meant to be used as an open-plan play area. + Fragmentos de Arquitectura Photos by Francisco Nogueira

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The Secret Garden at China’s Forbidden City will open for first time in nearly 100 years

March 22, 2016 by  
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The Forbidden City in Beijing is one of the world’s busiest cultural heritage sites, receiving over 15 million visitors each year. However, none of these visitors have been allowed to explore the palace’s Secret Garden . Built in the 18th century, the Secret Garden has been closed to the public since the last emperor of China was deposed in a coup that ushered in the People’s Republic of China. In the cultural and political upheaval that followed, the Garden was damaged and neglected. In recent years, conservators from China and around the world have been hard at work to restore the Secret Garden to its former glory – and it will soon open to the public for the first time in nearly 100 years. Read the rest of The Secret Garden at China’s Forbidden City will open for first time in nearly 100 years

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Mars Inc.’s rehabilitation of earth’s largest coral reef

November 13, 2015 by  
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The candy and rice maker’s Mars Marine Symbioscience Team is restoring the giant Coral Triangle between Indonesia and Australia because it knows how essential coral ecosystems are to life.

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

September 11, 2014 by  
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Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

July 16, 2014 by  
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