Back at the beginning of the 1900s, Equihen Plage was known, as one of the best spots for fishing. As many boats were left to be destroyed on the shore, local fishermen used them as roofs for their handmade shelters. At the time, the area was called Quartier des Quilles en l’Air: the neighborhood of keels in the air.
Source: Equihen Plage: Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses – Unusual Places
The notion is inherently eco-conscious, upcycling structures that would otherwise be destroyed or left to the elements. But there’s also a notion of salvaging infrastructure so solid that it’s lasted years without help, sometimes relics but architectural marvels that have withstood the test of time.
These old boats became a winery in Baja, Mexico. (Taller de Arquitectura Contextual)
via PHOTOS: 12 Architectural Wonders and Spaces Reclaimed – weather.com.
From Trash to Floating Christmas Tree from Xplore on Vimeo.
The marine sculpture was made from reclaimed fishing nets, a mast, strands of lights and a leaky old boat.
via From Trash to Floating Christmas Tree on Vimeo.
STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG Edward and Lesa Stroop are co-owners of Architectural Revival. Their son, Taylor Stroop, right, is a furniture designer. They plan to open a showroom on Central Avenue in the Rosemary District.
The store will feature reclaimed and repurposed furniture, though it also will sell new and vintage pieces. The Stroops pride themselves on finding one-of-kind items. For example, Architectural Revival will sell some teak wood furniture built with wood repurposed from Indonesian fishing boats.
via Rosemary District rising | HeraldTribune.com.
The project was designed by Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent, a husband & wife architecture team, based locally in Baja, who are known for their inventive approach to reuse, which includes everything from rammed earth to reclaimed trash. At Vena Cava, the duo salvaged a handful of discarded boats from a nearby port and turned them into vaulted ceilings for the winery’s essential functions.
via Visit An Incredible Winery Built Out Of Abandoned Boats | Gizmodo Australia.
Ooh La La! Two of my favorite things – reclaimed ship wood and gorgeous pictures of it. Check out Remodelista for the rest of the story (and amazing photos).
Using reclaimed ship wood, Chinese/German architecture firm Cheungvogl created a one-of-a-kind installation for the Aesop shop on Canton Road in Hong Kong.
via A Hong Kong Apothecary Made from Reclaimed Ship’s Wood: Remodelista.
Located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, rests the Owners and Captains Quarters of the former Great Lakes Shipping Boat, The Benson Ford. Originally designed by Henry Ford, the boat was in service for 50 years. In 1986, rather than scrapping the entire vessel, the top front section of the boat (comprised of walnut paneled state rooms, dining room, galley, and passenger lounge) was removed by an Ohio couple. They placed the rescued quarters on a picturesque home lot, transforming them into The Ship Residence.
via Coastal Interior Design (Part Two): Unique and Unusual Homes | It’s So Fabulous!.
The pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project navigated the waterways of the Olympic host boroughs during summer 2011. Designed by Hackney based architects Studio Weave and programmed by Somewhere, the customised narrow boat hosted a varied and vibrant programme of free on board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops including tours into the Olympic Park prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games hosted by writer Iain Sinclair, comedian Holly Burn and comedy writer Susie Donkin. The Floating Cinema also presented larger scale outdoor screenings to bankside audiences including a fancy dress screening of Fantastic Mr Fox outside the Three Mills studios where the animation was created.
via The Floating Cinema: About.