Architecture firm CODA has produced an interesting take on an old idea. The West-Australian-based firm designed the redevelopment of an old horse farm for a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Created to aid recovering patients the farm will house and rehabilitate abused horses. CODA used recycled materials for the project and chose colours that would be “both uplifting and soothing for residents.”
We sought to reuse as many of the materials as we could from the farm itself and develop a construction system that could be executed by many enthusiastic but largely untrained ‘builders’. The total budget for the project was $7000 or $25/m.
The existing structure is largely maintained and strengthened. Steel tracks from a previous hydroponic tomato system were reused to provide the structural components for walls and barriers. Within these a system of painted panels were inserted creating spaces for grooming and training as well as additional accommodation for other animals such as goats. External cladding provides increased weather protection.
The project achieves a triple bottom line in sustainability objectives through extremely economical construction, recycling and adapting existing spaces and community and social interaction.
[via Australian Design Review]