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Prefab Bar Made From Tubs Lights Up the Night
Posted By Andrew Michler On June 11, 2010 @ 2:48 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Spotted on Arch Daily , this temporary bar  was the winning design for the annual Oporto School of Architecture’s bar design competition in Portugal. Diogo Aguiar  & Teresa Otto  came up with the surprisingly simple but effective idea of building the walls with Ikea tubs  and lighting them up with LED lights . The effect is great signage, fun design, and a building you can simply take apart and reuse for more domestic fare.
So before the party crashers holler that this isn’t green let us point a couple of things out. The tubs are a simple, low waste polypropylene  plastic (#5) that is particularly easy to recycle. Ikea  does not specify how much recycled material is in the manufacture of the tub but there is real cradle-to-cradle potential with this low-toxic material.
For a light weight, high-profile, and lively looking bar this is good prefab design . The Architects website explains “A huge LED net was fixed behind the boxes, allowing the bar to dramatically change its appearance: by day a white abstract and closed volume; and by night a box of changing light following the DJ set.” The students were able to produce it from scratch in less than a week and most of the materials are reusable afterwards. I’ll drink to that.
Via archdaily 
Photos by Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/prefab-bar/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/51379/temporary-bar-diogo-aguiar-teresa-otto/
 temporary bar: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/bucky-bar-built-from-umbrellas-is-a-pop-up-party/
 Diogo Aguiar: http://www.diogoaguiar.com/
 Teresa Otto: http://www.teresaotto.com/
 Ikea tubs: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=125965
 LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/10/rainproof-solar-led-bulb-could-illuminate-the-developing-world/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/prefab-bar-2/
 polypropylene: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypropylene
 Ikea: http://inhabitat.com/2005/10/24/ikea-goes-green/
 prefab design: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/
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