While it has become easier to travel in a more authentic and creative way thanks to the internet and sites like Airbnb and couch surfing, this also counts for the buildings that you can stay in. This iconic tin shed in the Sydney suburb of Redfern (which is available to book through Airbnb) was built with repurposed corrugated iron.
In Australia corrugated iron is perhaps a more common building material than in European countries. This house has combined modern architecture with the rusty metal to depict the industrial past of the Sydney suburb.
Australian architect Rafaello Rosselini, whose aim was to repurpose an old tin shed at the back of a residential lot, describes the original building and the renovation process:
“The shed in its current state was dilapidated and structurally unsound. The original tin shed was disassembled and set aside while a new timber frame was erected. The layers of corrugated iron accumulated over generations of repair were reassembled on three facades.”
The grooves in the large metal sheets create an unusual facade at the front of the building, while the varying shades of rust and old paint create a worn out look you would be more likely to find in a scrap yard.
Inside the spotless white walls and the sleek wooden floors, show that salvage does not need to result in a compromise in style or quality.
On Rosselini’s website it states that the “project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.”
This is a photo taken just several steps from the Opera House in Sydney, looking towards the city centre across the edge of the botanical gardens. The view shows a combination of nature, high rise urban buidlings and a building site. I like the contrast of the raw earth, the big tree, the sky and the commercial tower blocks in the distance.
This painting was hidden away on a quiet street in La Candelaria, the old town in Bogota, Colombia. The style was similar to some of the street art we saw in Cartagena but had a more sinister look with darker tones. The weather in Bogota is a lot colder and more cloudy than Cartagena, but La Candelaria is still full of a vast amount of incredible street art and the colonial adobe houses are painted in bright colours. It has a very creative and inspiring feel and the huge green mountains looming over the neighbourhood make it all the more intense and inspiring.
Colombia is a very colourful country – in every sense of the word – and this is reflected in the street art that decorates the walls of many inner city buildings. This painting was on an old door in a small square in Cartagena’s old town, a few minutes walk from the walled city. The bright colours and strong defining lines make this image all the more powerful.