reused materials

A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

This translucent pavilion reinterprets a famous Baroque church designed by Francesco Borromini, but is built using steel structure and a plastic envelope. The structure, designed by Danish studio Lenschow

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This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett reused discarded and broken eyeglass lenses to create a massive installation suspended over the historic facade of Pera Museum in Istanbul.

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7 Bright red shipping containers repurposed as modern offices in Israel

7 Bright red shipping containers repurposed as modern offices in Israel

Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects repurposed seven shipping containers and transformed them into a modern office located near Israel's capital. The stacked red boxes accommodate office spaces, event areas

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

London-based design studio LYN Atelier designed a temporary community center in Hackney Wick, constructed using recycled materials from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The community center,

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Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's focus on ethically

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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Canadian artist transforms keys and coins into surprising works of art

Canadian artist transforms keys and coins into surprising works of art

Using found materials in new and innovative ways seems to come naturally to Moerkey, as he describes being inspired by items found in his shed, such as copper pip, which he cut into rings and fused them

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Marmol Radziner transform old waterhouses into a sustainable community center

Marmol Radziner transform old waterhouses into a sustainable community center

Architects of Marmol Radziner renovated the 9 Dots Community Learning Center in Los Angeles to create more transparency and openness and include sustainable design elements such as reused material,

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Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

It may seem that physical books are going out of style, but this interactive art installation proves otherwise. Lacuna is a pop-up library whose very walls are constructed with 50,000 books. The

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Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Artist from Lithuania creates lamps out of coconuts that not only looks like a piece of jewelry but also shines amazing light art. Nymphs lamps are handcrafted out of coconut shell by drilling thousand

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Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Each piece is handmade in a workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. The veneer is sourced from Auckland, and all the other components are made by local Christchurch firms. The copper wire is reclaimed from

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Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

According to H&P Architects, Toigetation was inspired by "the iconic image of a large tree with wide canopy giving shade for the space below and within." It sits near the school at the foot of Phja Da

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Many things are often thrown away just because they aren't "cool" anymore, but Dutch design duo rENs teamed up with global carpet company Desso to prove you can make outdated rugs stylish again with a

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Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the

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Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

The installation is meant to represent freedom, but is immobilized like a trapped animal inside one of the lower gun galleries of the penitentiary’s New Industries Building, and can only be seen from

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Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Inspired by materials and elements of packaging fruit, Mode:lina Architekci decided to use natural materials to make a visual connection between the company’s name and the name of the owner-Adam. The

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

The Boreraig house sits in a natural bowl in the landscape and low to the land to avoid interrupting the surrounding natural beauty. It is divided into three blocks using larch panels taken from fence

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Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa has created a stylish collection of furniture and accessories made entirely from recycled oil drums! The cool range was produced after the Phillips Collection commissioned Larosa to design

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Myriam Dion’s Delicate Newsprint Artwork Comments on the Fragility of the Newspaper Industry

Myriam Dion’s Delicate Newsprint Artwork Comments on the Fragility of the Newspaper Industry

Here at Inhabitat we love when artists reuse materials, but even more so when they incorporate elements of the materials into their designs. When Dion cuts these meticulous patterns and textured shapes

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Visually, the installation resembles both a forest and fowl. It symbolizes growth through knowledge and is designed as a fresh interpretation of the Griffin sculptures which can often be seen at the

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Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

James Dive of The Glue Society has compacted an entire amusement park - including coasters, plush prizes, bells and used tickets - into a single cube. Entitled “Once”, the demolished amusement park

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Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Members of the indie band Bowerbirds have been trying their hand at sustainable design with this fantastic self-built studio project. Since 2007, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have been constructing their

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Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

London based designer and architect Rabih Hage has used scrap pieces of Corian to make these fabulous pieces of angular furniture. The designs were presented by DuPont Corian at the 2012 Milan Furniture

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the

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Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

This fantastic geodesic dome is constructed entirely from discarded cardboard boxes by Steven Morgana. That in itself is a fantastic green idea, and its brown and green panels visually reflect its earthy

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Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

At Inhabitat, we love when artists create symbolic works of art using recycled materials. Here, Asif Farooq constructs these incredibly precise gun replicas using only reused cardboard. The gun

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SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE has created this new design studio as a study in bioclimatic architecture, which is ideal for the students who will spend so much of their time either in the first floor studio or in the more public

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