Whole House Reuse


150 people spilled out onto New Regent Street at Rekindle’s Whole House Reuse launch on Friday 25 October as part of FESTA’s opening night, Urban Wanderings. Rekindle presented its salvage and documentary of the entire materials of one red-zoned house at its new premises on 35 New Regent Street.

A new kind of transitional architecture

Any Christchurch home that has stood for generations will typically contain an abundance of native timbers of a quality we won’t mill again, an obvious tragedy as the digger moves rapidly through our dishevelled stretches of land. But each home also contains a story of social history – time encapsulated in layers of paint and wallpaper; 1980’s renovations; perishing lino hidden under carpet; memories big and small.

In association with Rekindle, Whole House Reuse has been created to celebrate countless homes lost by setting out to salvage the entire material of one modest red-zoned home in Christchurch, and is asking creators throughout the country to transform these materials into purposeful, beautiful works.

A display of selected materials from the home were showcased over FESTA, with the premiere of a short documentary made by Ed Lust.

Click here for more information about Rekindle and Whole House Reuse

Date: November 27, 2013