urban architecture

Homeless Homes Project

A few years ago, Californian artist Greg Kloehn built a tiny home out of the same materials he saw the homeless people in his neighborhood scavenging. This has resulted in a project called Homeless Homes Project, which features mobile shelters built out of discarded materials. By sourcing their single components from illegal street dumping and excess household items the project strive to diminish money’s influence over the building process. Kloehn constructs, with the help of many others in the community, the compact abodes in his studio for under $100 each. His homes are weatherproof and designed to withstand heavy rain, he paints them in friendly colors, and they all have wheels to take them wherever they need to go. According to their website, »The Homeless Homes Project is an asymmetrical approach to modern living where collective ideas, good will, and basic construction skills unite to repurpose the abundance of everyday garbage into viable living spaces.«

Homeless Homes Project by Gregory Kloehn

Homeless Homes Project by Gregory Kloehn

Homeless Homes Project by Gregory Kloehn

Homeless Homes Project by Gregory Kloehn

Homeless Homes Project by Gregory Kloehn

All images © Brian J Reynolds (view gallery).

Turbine Shed

Closed to the public for more than one hundred years, Sydney’s Cockatoo Island is now a cultural landscape of national significance by virtue of its location, manipulated landform, collection of buildings, works and potential archaeological resources from a significant period of Australia’s history. The aim is to establish Cockatoo Island as one of Sydney’s premier cultural hubs, presenting exciting and innovative activities. One of the massive empty turbine sheds there is regularly used as a special art space. New Zealand artist Mike Hewson’s latest installation called Turbine Shed is on at one of these abandoned buildings, the largest and most visually dramatic interior space on the island. A digital print is suspended over a 17 meter long footprint of the hall and mirrors the obviously visual features of the space. Take a look at his previous exhibitions on his website.

17 m x 11 m x 13 m, digital print on semi-opaque vinyl, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, 2013

17 m x 11 m x 13 m, digital print on semi-opaque vinyl, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, 2013

Turbine Shed by Mike Hewson

Turbine Shed by Mike Hewson

Turbine Shed by Mike Hewson

All images © Mike Hewson.

Empire Drive-In

Part film screening, part art installation and part urban exploration – Empire Drive-In is possibly the world’s first no-drive drive-in movie theater. Artists Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have created a fantastic cinematic experience using junked cars and salvaged materials. Here is a brief description from the project’s website: »Empire Drive-In is a full-scale theater made out of wrecked cars and a 40-foot screen constructed of salvaged wood. Audiences climb in and out of cars rescued from the junkyard to watch films projected on the big screen. Low-power radio transmits stereo audio directly to each car«. The project was first commissioned for the 2010 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California and since then repeated at different locations.

Empire Drive-In

Empire Drive-In

Empire Drive-In

Empire Drive-In

FOUNDation Projects

Rikkert Paauw, Jet van Zwieten and Hein Lagerweij of FOUNDation Projects transform for some time now ordinary dumpsters into a unique space – with items they recover from dumpsters. In their hometown Utrecht a fantastic series of dumpsterhouses were constructed last year. The results were set up in the city centre, where they became a kind of small village. On the inside and outside of the buildings video footage of the construction process was being projected accompanied by music and soundscapes produced with field recordings. Foundation, a concept by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten is about collecting waste material and old furniture from the neighborhood, moving it to a waste container, reusing it to turn it into a small house (with the container as the foundation), to become a temporary meeting place for neighbours and passers-by. Also visit their picture gallery on flickr and their vimeo channel.


Straatlokaal by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten

Straatlokaal by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten

Straatlokaal by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten

Straatlokal

Straatlokal

All images © FOUNDation Projects.

Tinshed

How one can make a great architecture out of corrugated metal. The project of Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli was to re-purpose an existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot, in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney. As the only remaining shed in the area it is a unique reminder of the suburb’s industrial past. Find out more about Tinshed on Rosselli’s homepage.

Southern Elevation

Southern Elevation

Old meets new

Old meets new

From Below

From Below

Internal Studio Space

Internal Studio Space

All images © Mark Syke, Richard Carr.

Head in the Clouds

At the beginning of this year, Brooklyn-based Studio KCA successfully funded a project to create Head in the clouds, a pavilion built using recycled plastic bottles and milk jugs. Over the course of several months the architects collected used bottles from organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals throughout New York City and beyond; the bottles were then repurposed to construct the pavilion by more than 200 volunteers.

Head in the cloud

Head in the cloud

Head in the cloud

Head in the cloud

(via Junkculture)

The Exbury Egg

This floating egg lying on a small river flowing south through the New Forest in the county of Hampshire is a self-sustaining, energy efficient workspace where British artist Stephen Turner lives for a full year. »The Exbury Egg«, which was launched towards the end of last month, will be Turner’s laboratory, as he studies and looks for inspiration in the rise and fall of the waters, in an attempt to better understand our environment. The design was inspired by the nesting seabirds on the shore. The interior is a simple space with a hammock, a small stove, a desk and a wet room. Take a tour inside the cabin.

The Exbury Egg by Stephen Turner

The Exbury Egg by Stephen Turner

The Exbury Egg by Stephen Turner

All images © Nigel Rigden.