Gallery: Reclaimed Factory Makes Fascinating Statement on Sustainabilit...

An old copper mine on a tiny island in Japan sat abandoned for 80 years until Architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and conceptual artist Yukinori Yanagi were offered the chance to re-imagine the degraded complex as a commentary on the budding of an industrial nation. Spotted on Spoon & Tamago, the Inujima Art Project is also a unique, sustainable nod to a future where buildings takes care of themselves and conspicuous consumption is leerily regarded. The building addition itself is a brilliant example of adaptive design that requires electricity only to keep the emergency lights on; all other lighting, cooling, and heating is done -- incredibly-- with only passive measures.

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