renovation

06
MAR
2017
Renovate Innovate book by Antonia Edwards

WIN! Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes book

New homes and interiors book There are many reasons to be joyful about finally entering March 2017. Snowdrops and daffodils are now gracing our London parks with their cheerful presence. Days are slowly but surely getting longer and we can finally come out of hibernation. On top... Read More →
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17
JAN
2017
modern lakeside holiday cabin

Garage renovation turned beautiful cabin on Vashon Island

The creators behind this impressive garage renovation are Graypants, a design collective led by Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, who work from their studios in Seattle and Amsterdam. Renovated in 2013, the award-winning holiday cabin was an architectural debut for Graypants, and... Read More →
25
JUL
2016
Rockaway Beach

Abandoned building installation by Katharina Grosse

This incredible art installation called Rockaway! is an old aquatics building at a former US Army base in Fort Tilden, New York. Structurally unsound due to the affects of hurricane Sandy in 2012, the abandoned building is set to be demolished later this year. Artist Katharina... Read More →
30
JUL
2014

Abandoned building jellyfish art installation in Liverpool

This month, a new art installation was revealed on a quiet street in Liverpool. A large fish tank full of serene jellyfish was installed behind the shutters of an abandoned building, emanating a beautiful blue glow by night. The work by Walter Hugo & Zoniel is called... Read More →
04
SEP
2013
Attendant Converted Public Toilet Cafe London

Renovated Victorian toilet Attendant Cafe

The jury’s still out on this one.  Would you eat your coffee and cake in a converted mens public toilet?  Attendant in Fitzrovia, London was once a 19th-century public bathroom complete with porcelain Victorian urinals.  After laying dormant for fifty years Ben Russell and... Read More →
25
MAR
2013

Kraanspoor building Amsterdam

The Kraanspoor building in Amsterdam is a three-storey office building which has been built directly on to an 885 ft concrete crane way by Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas.  Kranspoor (meaning ‘Crane Track’) was an abandoned crane gentry from the 1950s in one of... Read More →
12
FEB
2013

Renovated London water tower

This 1867 London water tower house was originally designed for the nearby Lambeth Workhouse and Hospital and was once the tallest water tower in London.  By the 20th century it became derelict and home to thousands of pigeons before being given a major overhaul by developer Leigh... Read More →
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13
FEB
2012

Book store in a converted church

Books have often been considered sacred objects but with their possible extinction looming, a bookshop constructed inside a converted Dominican church does seem strangely appropriate.  Built in 2007, Merkz+Girod Architects won an architectural award for Boekhandel Selexyz... Read More →
24
OCT
2011

Arrivals Lounge

Jumbo Stay is exactly what it says on the tin – a redundant Jumbo Jet with a new lease of life as a stylish hostel, located at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden.  Getting onto a plane that never takes off may seem like a strange concept, but you’ve got to... Read More →
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19
OCT
2011

Back to School

A shoe shop like no other?  Designers Pinkeye upcycled an entire classroom to create a retail space for Shoe Supply in Antwerp, Belgium.  The brief was to come up with an attention grabbing concept that would have mass appeal but that could also be done on the cheap.  They... Read More →
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27
SEP
2011

Tooting Tram and Social

Having recovered from a white wine fuelled weekend celebrating birthdays and catching up with old faces, I can now write coherently about our excursion to the Tram and Social in South London.  What was once a tram shed has been cleverly converted into a late night pub decorated... Read More →
18
MAY
2011

Living the high life: The High Line NYC

The High Line is an elevated railway that was built on Manhattan’s West Side in the 1930s between Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.  After 1980 no trains ran on the track which meant for some time it was under threat of demolition.  A... Read More →