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A brand new hotel has opened in Madrid’s city center made entirely of waste, according to the Agence France Presse. The walls of the Beach Garbage Hotel, the brainchild of German artist Ha Schult, is made of materials found in landfills, the beaches and even flea markets. The five-room hotel, located in Plaza de Callao, was constructed to coincide with the annual International Tourism Fair held in Madrid.

The five-room hotel contains roughly 12 tons of garbage, including fishing nets, plastic bags, skateboards, clothing, old tires, and even a mannequin’s leg. The guest rooms are very simple and basic, with leaking roofs and torn sheets acting as curtains, but they do boast real furniture. The toilets are eco-friendly chemical commodes, and forget about washing off the day’s grime in this hotel: there are no showers.

The project is meant to show that, unless we make some major changes to the way we treat the world’s beaches, we will one day be surrounded by garbage wherever we go. In the words of Schult, “we create rubbish and we become rubbish. We must change the world before the world changes us.”

The East Village Studio designed by JPDA architect is really make a big impression on its statement. The apartment located only 46 square meters and was built as a little nest for the owners who also work here. You probably wonder how this was possible.  The wood gives this home its warmth which is “intensified” by the friendly vegetation pots spread around the open studio.  The uncommon crib houses ingenious solutions that counterweight the lack of space.
It has all the utilities a common looking contemporary home has and dare we say a lot more. This original crib has storage space and shelves in the most unusual and unexpected places, reducing clutter and contributing to a clean and fresh interior design. While the footprint of the apartment is minimal, meticulously detailed millwork conceals extensive amounts of storage and shelving; thereby maximizing floor space. The aesthetic is clean and concise, while providing the warmth of a home and functional desires of the client.

Space maximization is a growing trend lately in apartment design. Countries like China make enormous efforts to come up with ideas for small places due to the fact that their urban population is increasing at a rate never encountered before. Here is another tiny crib that manages to maximize space and create a cozy living environment as well.

Economy, functionality and privacy were the primary drivers in the design of this sixth floor home office studio. Meticulously detailed millwork provides ample storage, making this small-footprint apartment extremely efficient. A bedroom loft creates space for a roomy walk-in closet below, while stair risers conceal a series of built-in drawers. Every inch of the space has been effectively exploited. JPDA worked closely with the client and a demanding co-op board through every stage of the design process. The result is modern, clean, and concise, providing both the warmth of a home and all the functional requirements of an office.

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