salvaged materials

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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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB’s cleverly designed, limited edition bags and accessories are upcycled from a leather factory’s production waste. Collaborating with a factory in India, TRMTAB founders discovered that each

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Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

If you have ever had to wait around in the rain or snow for hours waiting for a bus to arrive, then you can imagine the public transport situation in Detroit. With half of the bus routes cancelled and a

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which

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Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei's Straight installation continues the artist’s longstanding involvement in social, political and cultural activism. The work was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Deek has found a niche for himself by recycling scraps of metal, wood, and siding, as well as shipping pallets, flower boxes and a host of other materials he sometimes sources from the curbside, and

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Noble Goods Unveils New Line of Sustainable Wood Furniture with Unique Resin Inlays

Noble Goods Unveils New Line of Sustainable Wood Furniture with Unique Resin Inlays

  Noble Goods gets its name from where it all began in 2011 -- on Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Christopher Moore and Molly FitzSimons founded the company in the basement of their home

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Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

It takes real skill to turn salvaged materials into something new and exciting, which is why we applaud Pickett Furniture's creative spin on recycling. They were on hand this weekend at BKLYN Designs,

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Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat's favorite local NYC design show, BKLYN Designs, just wrapped up a three-day run in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and the Inhabiteam was on the scene to source the latest and greatest

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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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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths that not

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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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Dennis Maher Transforms His Home into a Living Art Exhibition of Found Objects

Dennis Maher Transforms His Home into a Living Art Exhibition of Found Objects

Maher is the current artist-in-residence at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the city’s main art museum. Also an assistant professor of architecture, Maher has dedicated his artistic side to

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Artist Jesse Bromm Creates Amazing Miniature Landscapes From Salvaged Materials

Artist Jesse Bromm Creates Amazing Miniature Landscapes From Salvaged Materials

Artist Jesse Bromm uses salvaged materials to create amazing miniature landscapes that explore the relationship between humans and the environment. Broom works with a wide array of found objects ranging

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It’s Always Sunny With Hendzel and Hunt’s 12 O’Clock Shadow Cabinet

It’s Always Sunny With Hendzel and Hunt’s 12 O’Clock Shadow Cabinet

In the dead of winter, sunny days may seem like a distant, taunting memory. But London-based design studio Hendzel and Hunt has the solution: sustainable furniture that cleverly doubles as a tribute to

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Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Designed by Chartana, the Cubox table is a distinctive piece of upcycled furniture. The main structure of the Cubox is crafted from wood salvaged from fruit crates, while the 4 sides are formed from

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WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

The design team kept a focus on green objectives, using open-cell foam insulation, natural ventilation, and concrete floors. Their main focus was to create a south-sloping roof from which to access solar

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Justin Gershenson-Gates Creates Intricate Mechanical Insects With Dissected Watches

Justin Gershenson-Gates Creates Intricate Mechanical Insects With Dissected Watches

The insects and arthropods are assembled from various sections of the salvaged devices, and are built up over several hours. Gershenson-Gates reuses the gears, straps, and springs from watches and

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Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Corrugated steel is great for durability and cost and the mansard roof helps to create the expansive space, which comprises 26 beds in 13 rooms. There is also a meditation hall, library and a dining hall.

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Miller Hull Designs an Airy New Salvaged Center for the Technology Access Foundation in Seattle

Miller Hull Designs an Airy New Salvaged Center for the Technology Access Foundation in Seattle

The TAF’s new home, named The Bethaday Community Learning Space, was a design born from the foundation’s interest in the ScrapHouse project, which was developed by San Francisco-based Public

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