Part of the appeal of reusing salvaged materials in building new things is that the exercise can challenge your creative muscles -- you never know what you're going to get. In Utrecht, architect Rolf Bruggink recently purchased a property with both a wooden office building dating back to the 1950s and a coach house from 1895. In demolishing the office building, he chose to reuse its materials in the renovation of the coach house, resulting in a playful yet modern space. See this time-lapse video of the deconstruction of the old building as it's remade into something totally different:
The principle of transformation is most important to me. The notion that an existing building can be adapted so as to take on an entirely new countenance is something that fascinates me.
With the coach house measuring a wide-open 538 square feet, the designers created a more intimate atmosphere by inserting a series of enclosed, suspended volumes that separate the house into zones, with the bedroom, bathroom and office, overlooking the open air spaces of kitchen and living room. A large window has been carved out of the existing coach house wall to let more natural lighting in.
Got to love the bathtub as the crowning touch here.
There's a nice contrast between the modern-industrial aesthetic of the coach house and the salvaged materials used, and a balanced rhythm to how the functional volumes of bed, bath, etc. break down the tall height of the place.
We already know that the greenest building is the one that's already standing, and perhaps the second greenest thing to do if you really have to build something else is to reuse components from an existing building. So while reusing salvaged materials may take a little more time, planning and creative muscle, it's clear from instances like this beautiful renovation project that it's well worth the extra effort. More over at Wallpaper, Rolf Bruggink and Niek Wagemans