In an interesting Design Observer article, the authors of Rematerial: From Waste to Architecture reflect on the importance of addressing the ways we view certain waste products in society. There is an accompanied slide show that runs through half a dozen or so projects. While they all offer interesting ways of reusing and recycling certain materials, the Observation/Refuge by Rodrigo Sheward stood out for its dedication to simplicity. The program of the project is in it self very basic – a refuge for hunters in the winter and a lookout deck for hikers in the summer. The materials culled from the leftovers of the local mining company, pieces left to rot, gained a second life providing protection. While it might not be the worlds greatest piece of architecture, it is great to see a byproduct of consumption find a use rather than becoming a waste.
Plus the view isn’t all that bad!