Architectural Recycling, Then and Now
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In honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2012: examples of historical and contemporary recycling, from obelisks to airplanes, plus ready-made plans as another form of recycling. Continue reading →
Flights of the Phoenix
Earth Day is April 22, so let’s talk recycling. It’s not a new idea: remember the Romans! In 10 B. C. Emperor Augustus removed the obelisk from the Temple of the Sun at Heliopolis in Egypt and placed it in the Circus Maximus; then in 1589 Pope Sixtus V had it erected in the Piazza del Popolo topped with a cross. More recent power players have adapted this collect-and-conquer approach to a residential scale and architecturally re-purposed everything from antique ceilings to airplanes and automobiles. Take this new residence by architect
wings into roofs on two levels (in this house wings are really wings). And by the way, a jet engine engine cowling makes a great reflecting pool. Part of the exterior fuselage forms the kitchen backsplash, conveying the delightful
impression that a plane has just landed beside the sink — or maybe this is simply another form of Mileage Plus. One little caveat about repurposing a 747 — if it’s visible from the air you need to notify the FAA so they don’t think it’s a crash site.
Leger Wanaselja Architects is known for their eco-friendly approach to design,
Recycling isn’t just about one-off custom design — it’s built into many
contemporary materials, including solid surface counters like Vetrazzo, which is recycled glass in a base of concrete and comes in a wide variety of colors,
or wall tiles made from recycled glass like this example from Bedrock Industries, also produced in a broad spectrum of styles and hues.
Which Reminds Me
Ready-made plans are all about recycling, too! Sea Ranch Cottage Plan 447-2
required, and you’re done…and no need to contact the FAA.