Built in 1978, the 2,400-square-foot house was the brainchild of Francisco Reynders, a Dutch artist, set designer, and mime who trained under the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau. According to Oregon Live, Reynders was inspired to build the home after finding discarded gun turret shrouds of an WWII aircraft carrier at a junkyard on the Willamette River. Reynders, no fan of regular boxy houses with sharp angles, set out to the create his “organically sensuous” dome home, and the shrouds ended up becoming the two smaller bedrooms and bathrooms—the holes for the warship’s cannons became the skylights.
Source: Wild Dome Home Repurposed From WWII Warship Scraps Asks $776K – Curbed
Bishop’s home in Alberta was gutted completely two weeks ago, leaving only its foundation, frame and some siding left standing. Since then, an intense restoration project, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and led by the University of Alabama’s Campus Veteran’s Association, has been in overdrive to allow friends, family and community leaders to dedicate Bishop’s renovated home as a present to him Thursday, the 85th birthday of the Tuscaloosa veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.
“This is the best birthday I’ve ever had,” a tearful Bishop said. “I’ve had a lot of them, but this is by far the best. I moved into this house when I was 20 years old, and now I’m 85. I’ve been here quite a while, but this is the best birthday I’ve ever had.”
Don’t miss all the pictures and the video via Habitat for Humanity dedicates restored home to Tuscaloosa WWII veteran on his 85th birthday (photos, video) | al.com.
Urban Ghosts is featuring an awesome article on adaptive reuse of war machine structures. There are tons of photos, below are just a few, don’t miss it.
During WWII, Adolf Hitler commanded the construction of several flak towers in Germany and Vienna, Austria. While some were destroyed or disguised as mounds after the Nazi’s defeat, others have been re-purposed as quirky climbing walls and other examples of adaptive reuse.
via Re-purposed World War Two Flak Towers | Urban Ghosts |.