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Brooklyn Couple Colorfully Renovates Townhouse on a Budget

As Giovanni Botta and Amanda Pinegar began planning their renovation of the house they bought in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, they knew one thing for sure: The kitchen would have to be pink. “We had already decided on the refrigerator, which is pink,” said Ms. Pinegar, 44, a ceramic artist. “And we wanted a kitchen that would enhance that.” To complement the pink kitchen, they considered lots of other bright colors, too. “Amanda wanted it really bold,” said Mr. Botta, 42, a software engineer at Waymo, the driverless car company owned by Alphabet. This was nothing new: In their previous home,…
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Australian project takes out World Interior of the Year

Australian multidisciplinary design firm SJB has claimed three awards at this year’s Inside World Festival of Interiors as part of the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. 19 Waterloo Street won both the Interior of the Year and the Residential Single Dwelling Award. The jury praised the modestly-sized residence for being “like a wardrobe for the architect himself to live in … not just a building or an interior but a pocket-sized tour de force.” The Tetris-like plan consists of seven internal floors and the façade is dotted with 15 openings onto the street—a design approach that the judges felt “generated…
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City snubs Squire & Partners’ Custom House plans | News

Show Fullscreen Squire & Partners’ proposals to convert the capital’s grade I-listed Custom House into a 200-room hotel have been formally rejected by the City of London ahead of a planning inquiry that is due to kick off in January. Members of the City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee this week voted unanimously to refuse the application, drawn up for Cannon Capital Developments and Globalgem Hotels. Officers opposed the scheme on the grounds that Squires’ proposals did not represent a high enough standard of design for the large neo-classical building, which has served as a base for HM Revenue…
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Tips for renovating while you live in your home, plus how to keep your sanity

Ask anyone who’s renovated and they’ll no doubt tell you it can turn certain parts of your life upside down — particularly if you happen to be doing it while also living in your house. From living out of boxes to surviving without functioning kitchens or bathrooms, these are the nuggets of wisdom from a few couples on what saved their sanity during the process. Sponge baths and takeaway food Roísín and Zac Tarrant are no strangers to renovations, having done up two houses and building a following online by documenting their DIY adventures on Instagram. They first had a…
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Apartment buildings in rural areas often denied renovation loans | News

Many rural municipalities have managed to improve the energy performance of public buildings. However, banks usually refuse loans for renovating old Soviet-era apartment buildings, with KredEx the only lifeline for associations. Of the 300 apartment buildings in Järva Municipality, only about twenty have been renovated. According to Triin Tippi, head of the local government’s economic department, the issue is not a lack of willingness by the owners but rather that rural residents simply lack the funds to insulate their homes. “Many apartment buildings actually have construction projects ready and waiting. But when the cost per square meter, per apartment or…
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Milwaukee County Zoo penguin habitat groundbreaking, renovation

Zoo breaks ground on new penguin habitat Construction has broken ground on the renovated Humboldt penguin habitat at the Milwaukee County Zoo. MILWAUKEE – Construction begins this week on the renovated Humboldt penguin habitat at the Milwaukee County Zoo. To kick off this project, the zoo hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning, March 27. The penguin habitat project is funded in part by a $3.5 million grant through the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Tourism Capital Grant Program that the zoo received in 2023. Funding for the program was provided by the State by the American Rescue Plan…
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Planned renovation of the Houses of Parliament needs greater scrutiny

The planned renovation of the Houses of Parliament has faded from the news. It’s a shame, because a proper searchlight is needed on it. Our parliamentarians live an odd life, particularly those based beyond a daily commute to Westminster – but I dare say there are compensations (Rather unhealthy ones, I suspect). Coddled by their shop steward aka Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle they have refused to move out of their Thames-side west-end club while it is stripped out and renovated, thereby saddling the tax-payers with a much higher bill as the contractors will be forced to spend a decade or…
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Embracing the Curves: 28 Projects that Highlight One of 2022’s Dominating Interior Design Trends

Myfresh Café / LOOP Design Studio. Image © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj Share Share Facebook Twitter Mail Pinterest Whatsapp Or https://www.archdaily.com/990736/embracing-the-curves-28-projects-that-highlight-one-of-2022-s-dominating-interior-design-trends Interior design has progressively become a subject of interest among architects and designers. Having spent more time indoors recently, practitioners have been experimenting with their spaces and exploring different approaches to scale, comfort, and aesthetics. Much like everything else, design is highly influenced by external factors; any change to people’s lifestyle influences how they respond to it, whether consciously or subconsciously. And while this dynamic is often seen in fashion or graphic design, it has been noticeable in interior design…