June 14, 2013
Architects love finding new uses for old materials. With the design world becoming ever more eco-conscious, repurposing discarded pieces from architectural and infrastructural projects helps architects create some pretty imaginative buildings without having to deplete precious natural resources. Recycling used parts in new projects is often welcomed enthusiastically by the public—just take a look the the TuboHotel, one of Architizer’s most viewed projects.
In the Prahan district of Melbourne, Techne Architects took a little inspiration from the popularity of repurposing. Attached to the Prahran Hotel, a two-story corner pub with a streamlined Art Deco façade, is a new addition made out of concrete sewer pipes. Completed in May, the new extension dramatically increases the pub’s capacity, while acting as an eye-catching sculpture that suggests stacked kegs or barrels to passersby. Click through to read more!