Many people may have trouble imagining that beautiful buildings can be built from recycled materials. But as we've seen in a number of striking examples, using reclaimed materials can not only produce impressive results, but also a lighter ecological footprint through the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle. Located in Mumbai, India, local design studio S+PS Architects created this elegant residence using old doors, windows and pipes, reclaimed from demolition sites around the city.
The designers say this about their Collage House on Dezeen:
Living in Mumbai, it is impossible to ignore the informal settlements in the city, and if looked at closely there are many lessons to be learnt in frugality, adaptability, multi-tasking, resourcefulness and ingenuity. A visual language emerges that is of the found object, ad-hoc, eclectic, patched and collaged. An attempt has been made here to apply some of these lessons without romanticizing or fetishizing them.
Situated on a hill overlooking Mumbai, the contemporary design still has a traditional soul; it is arranged around a central courtyard that provides both natural ventilation, lighting and privacy.
On the inside, the two facades made of salvaged materials is seen in the living and dining room, creating a harmonious synthesis of past and present. Some of these recycled windows are still operable, allowing for cool breezes to enter the interior space. Vintage fabrics have been reused to upholster furniture, in addition to recycled wood flooring made from old Burmese teak materials. It goes to show that often old materials -- especially those made from sturdier stock -- can still have plenty of life in them, and will often add a charming character that not present in newer materials.
The central courtyard features walls made out of tile samples, leftover stone pieces taken from a stonecutter's yard, as well as metal pipes that have been refashioned to look like bamboo stalks, which during the rainy season will conduct water down to a rock garden at its base.
The home's roof has a series of old columns that have been taken from a demolished 100-year-old house, as well as solar photovoltaic panels.
One may think that old building materials won't look good or last that long, but this elegant home demonstrates well that recycled materials can have a place of uplifting prominence in modern design, anywhere in the world and on any budget. More over at Dezeen.