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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

Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto, Oporto School of Architecture, prefab bar, temporary bar, Portugal bar, Ikea bar, recyclable building, reusable building [1]

Spotted on Arch Daily [2], this temporary bar [3] was the winning design for the annual Oporto School of Architecture’s bar design competition in Portugal. Diogo Aguiar [4] & Teresa Otto [5] came up with the surprisingly simple but effective idea of building the walls with Ikea tubs [6] and lighting them up with LED lights [7]. The effect is great signage, fun design, and a building you can simply take apart and reuse for more domestic fare.

Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto, Oporto School of Architecture, prefab bar, temporary bar, Portugal bar, Ikea bar, recyclable building, reusable building [8]

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 [9] plastic (#5) that is particularly easy to recycle. Ikea [10] 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 [11]. 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.

+ Diogo Aguiar [4] & Teresa Otto [5]

Via archdaily [2]

Photos by Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar


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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/prefab-bar/

[2] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/51379/temporary-bar-diogo-aguiar-teresa-otto/

[3] temporary bar: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/bucky-bar-built-from-umbrellas-is-a-pop-up-party/

[4] Diogo Aguiar: http://www.diogoaguiar.com/

[5] Teresa Otto: http://www.teresaotto.com/

[6] Ikea tubs: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=125965

[7] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/10/rainproof-solar-led-bulb-could-illuminate-the-developing-world/

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/11/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/prefab-bar-2/

[9] polypropylene: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypropylene

[10] Ikea: http://inhabitat.com/2005/10/24/ikea-goes-green/

[11] prefab design: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/

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