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Iconic North Yorkshire Building Bough Back to life

A unique renovation project in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has now been completed culminating in the creation of a range of stunning houses and apartments that are available to buy.

The Grade II-listed Old Police Station Harrogate, located in the centre of the quaint spa town, was originally dreamt up by period architect Percy Oates Platts but his legacy has now been eloquently transformed into a range of luxury houses in Harrogate thanks to sympathetic restoration work undertaken by a local development team.
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Celebrity Edge, A Ship Designed to Transform Expectations / by Kelly Hoppen MBE and Celebrity Cruises

Kelly Hoppen MBE is delighted to reveal her latest project, in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises. The new transformational Celebrity Edge will set a new standard on the market thanks to its state of the art and revolutionary design.
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Piuarch presents “Façades, the Skin of Architecture”

The program for Brera Design week – April 4th–8th – will include a façade gardening installation and a show on the façades that Piuarch has designed in 20 years of work

Milan, April 4th – 8th, 2017. As part of the Brera Design Week, Piuarch presents an installation and an exhibition called “Façades: the Skin of Architecture”.

The façade of the building where Piuarch is located – in the courtyard at Via Palermo 5, Milan – will hold a façade gardening installation, in which a garden decorates the entire front of the building from ground to roof.
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Portapivot’s Pivot Hinge Technology Receives an iF Design Award

Antwerpen, Belgium, 2017-03-14 – Stealth pivot is a compact and innovative pivoting hinge, that can be fitted inside virtually any door leaf. The pivot hinge features a high-tech comfort closure that works in all swing directions even up to 360°.
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GE Customer Experience Center / by ZALEWSKI

“GE Customer Experience Center” –an exhibition and conference space at GE Brilliant Factory in Bielsko-Biala.

The main objective of the exhibition space is to present the products of GE grouped in thematic areas (Industrial Area, Commercial Area, Application Area) and at the same time familiarizing viewerswith additional information by means of multimedia installations. Various product groups and their issues are presented within a dedicated “islands” – annexes to the general exhibition space. Each area is contains a media kiosk equipped with a high- resolution overhead projector providing a picture on the elliptical walls made of translucent stretched material. The walls shall perform the function of screens on which projections are displayed.
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V12K03 – URBAN HOUSING / by pasel.kuenzel architects

In an inner-city context the spatial qualities of private dwellings depend on the degree of privacy. On the street-side outside the house, you wish to store your bike when coming home from work and to protect yourself from the rain while searching for your keys. You may also long for a place where to lean on when talking to your neighbours.

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Kellogg’s in Times Square, NYC / by Chipman Design Architecture

Consisting of a unique collaboration between Kellogg’s, Journee’s Anthony Rudolf (formerly of Thomas Keller) and James Beard award-winning chef Christina Tosi, Chipman Design Architecture was challenged to design and elevate the comforting experience of enjoying your favorite cereal amidst the energy of Times Square.
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6 Green Design Ideas for Schools

Schools are great opportunities to implement energy-smart, sustainable and green design elements. Not only do they help work towards energy independence and a more eco-conscious built world, they can become talking points among teachers and students to help inform our youth of the importance of investing in a green future. Planting the idea of environmental friendly materials, design strategies, and electrical and mechanical systems in the minds of students paves the way for them getting more involved as their teeth get longer and their wallets get fatter.

Here are a few ideas existing and new schools can start instituting today to help usher in a new age of green development and sustainability.

1 | Insulated Concrete Blocks

Most schools these days primarily use concrete masonry units (CMUs) for their exterior wall construction. They are monolithic, fairly easy to install, and incredible resistant to fire and weather. However, they are horrible at providing enough insulation to not only meet code, but provide a comfortable interior environment for students to learn in. These walls have to be furred out from the inside and insulated with more traditional methods, which increases cost and still doesn’t provide the best thermal protection.
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