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Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

26 September 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Alice Station B & B with railway sleepers

For years, it's been a unique and beautiful place to stay, with stunning surroundings, fabulous wildlife, and incredible use of railway sleepers. Amazing all round! However things are changing. Deb the owner has written: "Everyone is fascinated by our home. The architect designed house, constructed of recycled Ghan railway sleepers is unique in Alice Springs. The interior is modern, comfortable and tastefully decorated, but the railway sleepers .....

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Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

01 September 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Japanese house from Railway Sleepers

Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House' in Miyakejima. In the 1970's Japanese architects were searching for indepence. One example of this search between centuries old traditions and rigid Modernism is Shin Takasuga's 'Railway Sleeper House'. The house is situated on the small island of Miyake in the Pacific Ocean. It was planned in the 1970's as a retreat and communal residential building. Financial restraints meant that the inhabitants had to build the house themselves. Shin Takasuga's decision to use old, wooden railway sleepers resulted

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1970's house built with railway sleepers

16 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

1970's house built with railway sleepers

A house built in the 1970's of railway sleepers! Although this article was written many years ago, at a time when railway sleepers were free and there were no eco or medical concerns over the use of creosote, it is facinating to see how they constructed such a house. Indeed, such a house could still be built, although the railway sleepers would now have to be reclaimed untreated hardwoods, like Australian Jarrah or African Azobe, and I wonder whether we would still

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Marcel's railway sleeper house in Chile

16 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Marcel's railway sleeper house in Chile

A house built of Railway Sleepers - Parts 1-7. Marcel recently bought a piece of land by a lake from his friend to build a house. At some point which he doesn't quite remember he decided it was going to be built using Railway Sleepers. ? This is the first of a series of blog entries to document the progress of the construction to share with family and friends

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Art centre built from Railway sleepers

15 July 2013 / Posted in: Inspirational buildings

Art centre built from Railway sleepers

Each year we are sent thousands of projects using railway sleepers. We are sent dozens of projects creating structures with railway sleepers, even a house. But to build a massive art gallery with railway sleepers! Architects BIG have won a competition to renovate and extend an art centre in Utah with proposals that will be built from railway sleepers reclaimed from the Great Salt Lake

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