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Minimalist Renovated Home in Montreal

Atelier Moderno renovated this 1950s industrial building in Montreal into a house for a designer, his two sons, and, last but not least, their dog. The single-story, ground floor home stretches from one side of the block to the other and is defined by a wide hallway inside. Walking through the corridor and rooms, one will see remnants of the original structure, doors, windows, and grates intermixed with vintage furniture ...

Jellyfish Barge, Greenhouse on the Water

The Jellyfish Barge is a modular floating greenhouse designed by the Italian firm Studiomobile. Created to support population growth, the system of barges allows people in the community to sustainably cultivate crops. The eco-friendly design forgoes land and freshwater and uses only renewable energy—solar, wind, and tidal, to be exact. Framed in wood, the greenhouse is handsome as well as responsible, providing a serene gathering place for people who want ...

Colorful Extended Family Home in Queens

The Choy House was designed by O’Neill Rose Architects as a three-story, three-part home for relatives living together in Queens, New York. From the exterior, one can see that the building is composed of a white front-facing volume and a rear counterpart lined in red wood. The two contrasting units give the facade a contemporary sense of style and mark which areas are more public (by the street) and more ...

Space-Saving “All I Own House”

This Madrid home once belonged to the grandmother of graphic designer Yolanda R. Pila. When the property was passed on to the young Pila, she hired PKMN architectures to renovate the single-story house. In order to make the most of the small space, the architects installed industrial railing with three containers which can be readily moved to transform half of the open plan room into a kitchen, an office, a ...

Hotel Daniel’s Loftcube Rooftop Suite

One of many Loftcubes by Studio Aisslinger, this design can be found on the rooftop of Hotel Daniel, a mid-century building in Graz, Austria. A complement to the neon balconies below, the contemporary suite is housed in glass, dark wooden slats, and a white rounded-edged frame. The design allows for privacy while opening up panoramic views of the city. Inside, the structure measures just 44 square meters, shy of 145 ...

Her Majesty’s Pleasure Day and Night Spa

Her Majesty’s Pleasure is an experimental day spa offering a touch of nightlife. The Canadian establishment includes the beauty salon alongside a café, retail boutique, bar, all housed on the ground level of a swanky condominium building in Toronto. Designed by the Canadian firm +tongtong, the hybrid space is unified by its bright palette and modern decor. Under the pitched roof and high ceilings, one will find shades of white ...

Toure de Palma Wine Hotel

Toure de Palma is a wine hotel in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Renovated by João Mendes Ribeiro, the Monforte, Portalegre resort now features a concrete-lined building where once there was a dilapidated barn. The updated spaces keeps the original shape while modernizing the structure and exterior. Additionally, the architect created new buildings to accommodate the many attractions of wine tourism. The hotel itself is a draw because of its ...

RE-USE Industrial Apartment Renovation

RE-USE is Global Architects’ renovation of a top-floor apartment in the Netherlands. The architects exposed the original brick panels and concrete firewall and brought in a bevy of new elements—stainless steel cabinets, untreated timber floors, and beds elevated on wooden pallets. They textured the space with decor as well, making use of vintage items such as the living room heater and bathroom sink stand. The resulting flat is liveable as ...

Historic Stone House with Renovated Interior

The facade of this historic home in Caviano, Switzerland, is made entirely of stone. The rough-hewn quality of the exterior contrasts with the interior, which was renovated by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects and now features polished concrete and larch wood. Unified by shades of gray and brown, the new and old elements of the building reflect how material and aesthetics can change over time while retaining a similar sense ...

Renovated Historical Apartments in Baixa

Part of a “Pombalino” building dating back to the 18th century, these old-meets-new spaces are short-term rentals in the Baixa district of Lisbon, Portugal. Renovated by Jose Adriano Arquitectos, the apartments keep the original tiles, wooden floors, and rafters. These elements are even allowed to be nostalgic and a little rough around the edges. The white paint on the rafters is left peeling, for example. Paired with secondhand items such ...