A very green bus stop

This bus stop in central Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is arguably one of the most beautiful bus stops in the world. The long winding road leads straight into the CBD from the beachfront suburbs of St Helier’s and Mission Bay. Dwarfed by two huge towering trees and with great sea views this little shelter is not a bad place to wait.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: park bench, Russell NZ

Wooden bench deep in the forest track near Russell, New Zealand. Not too far from Hundertwasser’s public toilet.

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Hundertwasser’s Public Toilet

New Zealand, land of astonishing natural beauty, landscapes that almost seem false as they are so incredible and unusual. Land of sensitive and unique flora and fauna, tatoos, the haka, sheep and cattle…and err interesting public toilets. You may think it strange that such a facility is to be featured on this blog for it’s design aesthetic, but it is a pretty strange sight.

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Travelling up to the northern tip of the country to a small town called Paihia, I noticed the small vibrant structure immediately. At first it looks more like a small brick a brack shop or a tourist vendor. However as you come closer you will notice the sign written in multicoloured and individually styled letters reading the words “Paihia’s Wee Toilet”.

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The small box like building is decorated with metal toilets that have been converted into plant pots. Long wild grass potrudes from the disused boat that sits on the roof. Wooden benches line the small coves, proving practical for waiting children. The sloping walls at the entrance allow for a degree of privacy while washing your hands while also welcoming in sunlight. At night the public toilets light up in neon pink and green making it look even more inviting but also fooling some tourists into believing it is a silent dance venue.

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And who may be responsible for such an eccentric piece of architecture in the middle of a tiny remote town on the other side of the world – Hundertwasser of course. The eccentric artist and architect spent a considerable amount of time in New Zealand and although his contribution to Paihia’s architectural landscape was small, it is certainly significant. He would have no doubt also been pleased to know that it was certainly the cleanest public toilet I have ever visited.

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Sustainable Design Ideas: Ellerslie Garden Show

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It may look like a moss covered traditional living room, but there is much more to this garden than meets the eye. If you look a little closer you may spot the salvaged plank table/greenhouse and the bottle plant pots attached to the walls.

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The garden was designed using reused materials and gained a considerable amount of attention and praise at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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This garden was created by Grant Stephens & Rebecca Hammond, H & S Landscape Design. They named it REVOLUTIONISING REUSE.

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“Natives and perennials [plants] meet to create and enhance a contemporary courtyard garden that provides outdoor living while challenging the perception of reusing discarded objects.”

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It shows that reuse and salvage can be applied to landscape design as well as in the interiors. This garden is innovative and beautiful, allowing the public to gather great ideas for their own homes.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Striped Lounger, Flaxmill Bay, NZ

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Striped sun lounger outside the Eggcentric Cafe overlooking Flaxmill Bay, Whitianga in the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. This cafe serves the best organic ice cream I have ever tasted!

 
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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Mosaic Bench, Tata Beach – New Zealand

Mosaic Bench on Tata Beach near the Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay northern New Zealand.

Mosaic Bench on Tata Beach near the Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay northern New Zealand.

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Mosaic Bench