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Seven Recycled Architecture Public Places (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/21/10 10:27 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:45 PM ET

Tearing down old structures to build new green designs in their place often consumes many more resources than simply working with existing architecture. The most sustainable construction comes from taking existing establishments and turning them into new useful assets for the community.

Here are seven awesome projects that have upcycled old and neglected architecture into new public places:

Tropical Islands Resort
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Tropical Islands, opened in 2004, is an artifical tropical resort in Germany with the world's largest indoor waterpark, built inside of a 351-foot tall disused airship hangar. The hangar is one of the largest buildings by volume, and is the world's largest single hall to not have any support pillars.
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