Ghetto2Garden is a Sustainable Animal Rehabilitation Center Made from Recycled Materials

by , 03/06/13

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Based in the Dominican Republic, Colectivo Revark brings together designers and architects for experimental architecture projects that seek to spark social change. The Ghetto2Garden (Del Barrio al Jardin) project appeals to these designers’ compassion and architectural sensibilities, challenging them to create a nurturing structure from recycled materials on small budget.

The project’s goal is to help 50 animals that have suffered abuse and negligence from their human owners. Finding the current animal rehabilitation center to be inappropriate (it’s located in an area of high crime, unsuitable for animals’ needs, high costs for renting the space), the group designed the self-sustainable shelter.

Empty plastic cube tanks are upcycled into cozy rooms for each of the animals, which are arranged on multi-level floors, accessible by ramps. The frame structure is made from disused shipping pallets and plywood. Colectivo Revark also plans to keep the shelter as green as possible, installing a rain harvesting system, a small wind turbine on the roof, a solar generator, and a biodigester for organic waste recycling.

The owner and caretaker will even have their own shipping container homes on the site, with green roofs, a composting toilet and organic garden. The center will not only help mistreated animals, but it will also provide a blueprint for sustainable architecture in the Dominican Republic.

 + Collectivo Revark

+ Ghetto2Garden

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  1. Arq Wilfredo Mena Veras March 27, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for the comments guys! Here’s a link where you can be part of this project by spreading the word in your networks and/or making a donation.

    If you want more info about it you can contact us at

  2. graftonplank March 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    guys, this is incredible. I almost cried when I witnessed the impact of this project, it literally brought a tear to my eye. Animals are the most important thing in my life and they deserve the upmost respect and kindness. Sophie Condron

  3. Lonny March 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

    So great to see another inspiring project from Colectivo Revark! I look forward to seeing how it comes together.

  4. Arq Wilfredo Mena Veras March 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks for the post guys! :-) Here’s the projects promo video:

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