Officina Roma: A Villa Entirely Built Out Of Trash

This is pretty amazing; a villa constructed entirely out of scrap, part of a RE-cycle exhibition in Rome and standing until April 29.

The OFFICINA ROMA is a villa entirely build out of trash. It consist of a sleeping room, a kitchen and a work shop. The plan lacks a living room, a comfort zone, instead there is an empty work shop in the center. OFFICINA ROMA is an experimental building practice, build within an one week long workshop with 24 high school students from all over Italy.

The ceiling appears to be made of oil drums; I am not sure how it stops the rain.

The building is composed as a collage: A kitchen entirely build out of old bottles, the sleeping room with walls from used car doors, the workshop using wooden windows and old furniture and the main roof set from old oil barrels and used dry wall profiles.

The OFFICINA ROMA radiates an atmosphere of urgency; a turning point. It talks about the essential necessity to question our lifestyle, based on individuality, completion (competition), growth and exploitation of natural resourses. Although situated in the very dynamic and exclusive garden of the MAXXI, the design speaks of deadlocks, interdependencies and the need for more fundamental and tougher negotiations over privileges in our future society.

These kids did a fabulous job. More at Raumlabor, found on Gblog.

Officina Roma: A Villa Entirely Built Out Of Trash
It wasn't built in a day, but a week is pretty fast for 24 high school students.

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