The Financial District bar, which resides on the ground floor of The Roosevelt Residences on the Seventh Street Retail Corridor, was fashioned out of salvaged items (hence the name) from the Roosevelt itself. It’s decorated with stained glass windows, reclaimed wood, exposed brick, marble slabs, and meticulously restored fixtures. When you walk in, you feel like you’re in a living piece of art.
via Salvage Bar & Lounge – Los Angeles Downtown News – For Everything Downtown L.A.!: Home.
A salvage crew from Niagara Worldwide remove hemlock floor boards from the third floor of the former Mirro manufacturing plant in downtown Manitowoc. The company is stripping the maplewood and hemlock floor boards for resale from the building where thousands of people worked during the 20th century. / Sue Pischke/Gannett Wisconsin Media
“I see a horizontal forest … it is dizzying almost to see all of it,” Gauthier says of the several million board feet of maple and hemlock flooring now being harvested by work crews armed with crowbars and saws. “I just don’t see branches and leaves.”
If laid end to end, the planks — from trees as much as 300 years old — would equal roughly 2,600 miles, or more than the distance between Manitowoc and Los Angeles.
“The main objective is to keep the boards from hitting the landfill, give them a brand-new lease on life in a new home for another 100 to 200 years,” Gauthier said.
via Salvaging ‘horizontal forest’ underway at Mirro in Manitowoc | Post-Crescent Media | postcrescent.com.
This post was originally from dezeen and their photos are spectacular – go see it there!
The aestehtic of this construction essentially represents piety and humility, considering the designers used recycled wood. “The choice of such recycled wood is consistent with the poor and primitive sensibility of the chapel” says architect David Herjeczki. The interesting contrast of the wood with white space is visually appealing.
via Undulating Ceiling Chapels – The Prayer Chapel by Gensler Modernizes the Havens (GALLERY).
Well written article on adaptive reuse by Klaus Philipsen. Do yourself a favor and read the entire article.
The ULI/NTHP collaboration is intended to become a nationally important step in overcoming the roadblocks, especially by showcasing best practice examples of adaptive re-use along with practical guidance for how obstacles can be overcome. Although the project is still in its initial stage, some creative new ways of making the case can be expected, including an extensive data collection and mapping strategy in which data about property values, new construction, demolition, vacancies and markets will be examined. Most data are now typically openly available as part of the “open data” movement in which many cities participate.
via Community Architect: Old Buildings – New Uses.