Every day houses and corporate buildings are torn down as more modern, newer structures are constructed in their place. But where do all the materials from demolished buildings go?
According to KUOW, “About 40 percent of America’s waste comes from construction sites.” But as the age-old statement goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” there are definitely alternative ways of utilizing such resources. Uruguayan artist, Jaime, has proven just that.
In 1995 Jaime came across a beautiful plot of land in Florianópolis, located in the southern region of Brazil. Situated right near the Praia Brava beach with crystal clear waters, fine sand, and strong waves, the creative visionary knew he had found his next art project.
He began to build new homes using materials considered to be garbage by others, including glass, demolition wood, pottery remains, and used bottles. All of the houses he has designed have the same ecological awareness in mind.
The featured home in these pictures is Cabana Floripa, which is rented out to travelers on a nightly basis who venture to Brazil from all around the world. Inside, the colorful, vibrant, and whimsical space features a loft with a double bed, air conditioning, TV, internet, a kitchen, and a private bathroom. (Check out that kitchen!)
The most incredible thing about the beautiful cabana is that it has been built entirely from demolition materials from other houses in the regions. Most of the walls are made of glass bottles, creating a feeling of being outdoors.
Guests who have reviewed this find on AirBnB (for 80 AUD/night, mind you) share that Jaime always greets new arrivals with fresh fruit and towels. Sometimes monkeys even pop in to say hello!
According to Jaime, the secret is to go back to the origins and reuse everything, from the siding to the chimneys.
How incredible is it that this artist has created a masterpiece (that has a purpose) out of materials others perceived to be useless junk?
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