When we first saw this ten-storey building in Seoul wrapped in recycled doors, we did a double take. But as soon as we realized that the South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa was behind the project, it made total sense. Jeong-Hwa wanted to transform a rather bland facade into a colorful, pixelated structure that relied only on existing materials, and this is what he came up with. It’s funky but genius.
When was the last time you saw a building made out of giant Texaco signs, ironing boards, and window screens? Well, it’s quite possible that you never have, but you should. This funky little structure was the result of a 10 week design workshop in North Carolina and has become a learning pavilion for the Burton Street Community Peace Garden. Not only was it made of salvaged materials found on site, but it also incorporates passive solar design and harvests rainwater. And it’s adorable to boot.
Our final project is the funky Maisongomme garden office which is made of locally-sourced scrap materials and clad in a layer of discarded rubber tires! This wonderful little space by Refunc doubles as an office and storage shed for a couple keen to maintain a small environmental footprint.