Tag Archives: Architectural reuse

Throwback Post: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

We were rummaging through when we saw a bundle of wooden shingles left over from when we had the house painted a few years ago. Immediately, Alberto said “Christmas tree!” and just as quickly, I said “Of course!” (Don’t try to figure out how we do this, it just is…)

Source: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

’70s Log Cabin Reborn as Airy Modern Home – Curbed

All photos by Matthew Millman via Freshome

In a stellar example of upcycling, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architecture has created a breezy modern home in Cloverdale, California by extensively reusing wood from the 1970s kit log house that had stood on the site before. In a statement to Freshome, the architects explain that “all of the interior and exterior wood paneling, trim, and decking were milled down from the logs of the original kit house.” And the result is quite nice.

Source: ’70s Log Cabin Reborn as Airy Modern Home – Curbed

How to Reuse a Casino | Chloe Taft


Revel had already filed for bankruptcy twice since opening in 2012. (Photo: Anjan Chatterjee, Flickr Commons).

Casino adaptive reuse may well become an architectural movement in the future. Revel joins three other Atlantic City casinos that have closed or are set to close this year. According to a recent report, more could follow.

via How to Reuse a Casino | Chloe Taft.

Noble salvages – History is right at home as architects rethink the remnants of time.

”Generally, the industry knocks something down, sends it to somebody else and it’s recycled,” Ho says. ”What we try to do is keep things on site. Our whole perspective is to demonstrate that we can take responsibility for the things that we consume.”

A chandelier made from a staircase.

A chandelier made from a staircase.

”The old blond brick warehouse on Anstey station was totally covered with graffiti,” Breathe design director Jeremy McLeod says. Bricks salvaged when the building was demolished were reused in the lobby, making a virtue of the graffiti.

”The bricklayers loved it. They’re used to graffiti artists destroying their brickwork, so they got to reassemble it the way they saw fit. The new pixelated effect of the graffiti looks sensational,” McLeod says.

The rear of Cubo house.

The rear of Cubo house.

via Noble salvages.

Ball State Class Challenges Students to Upcycle Old Airplanes | Earth911.com

One Ball State University student designed an airplane disassembly factory to make recycling easier. Photo: Designed by Joshua Stowers

One Ball State University student designed an airplane disassembly factory to make recycling easier. Photo: Designed by Joshua Stowers

“A colleague of mine, we were sitting around one time, and I was telling him that there should be better ways to do architecture with new materials,” Eggink says of how he came up with the idea. “Then I remembered going to Arizona and scanning their graveyards — their boneyards. We have all these materials there. Nothing was happening to them, nobody was collecting them and nobody was using them.”

Though recycling airplanes and old structures for architecture is not a new concept, Eggink believes his students have the imagination and creativity to elevate aero-architecture to the next level.

“This is the kind of project that is of their generation,” Eggink says. “These are issues that they’re going to be facing. In architecture, our students try to solve problems, and throwing this curveball at architecture students is fantastic. They don’t know the end result, and they really have to work on it.”

via Ball State Class Challenges Students to Upcycle Old Airplanes | Earth911.com.

Luxurious New Starbucks in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores | Inhabitat

Canal Street Starbucks New Orleans, David Borgerding, Jason Horton paintings, Tommy Taylor mural, NOLA Starbucks New Orleans, Mystic Blue Signs designs Starbucks sign, NOLA French Quarter Starbucks,

The back room of the store was designed to look like the merchant’s living space, offering a much more relaxed atmosphere. Vintage schoolhouse chairs around huge tables made from wind-fallen trees offer customers a comfortable place to work and socialize. It also features a large mural created by the artist Tommy Taylor, which references the New Orleans’ shipping heritage.

via Luxurious New Starbucks in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

A Piece Of Cleveland

Do yourself a favor and head on over to A Piece of Cleveland for this morning’s design caffeine.  Their eye-popping website is only matched by the beautiful projects it displays.

There is no doubt that the materials reused here are well respected. Every piece comes with a Rebirth Certificate which outlines the origin of the materials.

These folks are Superheros.

We want the things we make to live up to the standards of their materials. We make conference tables, wall panels, desks, bookshelves, chairs and bars, but most of all we make the future out of the past. That’s why every piece comes with a rebirth certificate. You can see our work in the gallery on this site, rebirth certificates and all.

via APOC @ A Piece Of Cleveland.

Antique decor creates ‘whimsical’ coffee hub


Located at 22 Southwest Ninth St. in downtown Des Moines, this refurbished industrial building hides underneath an underpass and is fairly easy to miss on the outskirts of the city. But if you’re lucky enough to find a parking spot and wander in, it’s impossible to be disappointed.

Push open the heavy, refinished door with a brass handle, walk up a few creaking steps and underneath an old, hanging cathedral light and the building comes alive.

Old things from window panes to repainted shutters to fixed neon signs are ordered against the walls.



via Antique decor creates ‘whimsical’ coffee hub.

Leger Wanaselja Architects | GreenDwellings.com

Leger Wanaselja Architecture continues its pursuit of salvage and reuse in this Berkeley residence.  Over 100 salvaged car roofs cover the upper walls of this house.  The roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junk yards.  The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina.   The awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.  Once advertised as “America’s best selling minivan”, now a common item in junk yards.

The house is a 2 bedroom infill in the heart of one of Berkeley, California’s oldest residential neighborhoods, near the downtown core.  The unique curves make the house appear small on the outside. However it is big on the inside with high ceilings, wide open spaces, and big windows and doors to the garden.

via Leger Wanaselja Architects | GreenDwellings.com.

Demolition program is a ‘jobs engine’

DAYTON — That dilapidated, abandoned century-old house on the corner doesn’t look like much, but deep inside is hidden treasure.

Dense, old-growth lumber prized by architects and custom builders supports the roof, limestone blocks are at the foundation, and there are cabinets, solid doors, oak floorboards, beautiful fireplace mantles, even a spirit or two.

Salvaging and selling the bounty for the past two years has been the mission of Dayton Works Plus, a partnership of East End Community Services, PowerNet of Dayton and the Architectural Reuse Co.

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