Weird Fish Habitat: Unused Phone Booth Remade as Giant Aquarium

© Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino

Even if you're not a diehard aquarist, the mini-biotopes that are created in aquariums have a way of inspiring wonder. Of course, sometimes it's the containers themselves that are whole point -- whether it's recycled "iMacquariums" or Xboxes remade into nano-reefs -- but even neater is this old phone booth re-adapted as a functioning aquarium.

© Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino
© Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino

Seen over at GOOD, this intriguing example of adaptive reuse was done for Lyon, France's Festival of Light by lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino. Their intent was to realize new ideas about what else unused phone booths could morph into as already-existing fixtures in our urban landscape:

With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically colored fish; an invitation to escape and travel.

© Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino

It's certainly an unexpected intersection of the mundane with the magical. Like we've seen before with derelict phone booths transformed into community libraries, it seems that the only limit is our imagination as to what these bits of under-used infrastructure could potentially become: herb towers, urban apiaries and more.

© Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino

Tags: Artists | France | Recycling | Urban Life