The only time I've seen rebar not in its "natural" straight state is when something has been ripped apart, like a dock cut free from its moorings that leaves the cut bars exposed like frayed hair. So it's nice to see it being used for something with a more pleasant aesthetic: The UK's Groves-Raines Architects have taken rebar and "woven" it together into curvy shapes to make a walled-off composting area for a garden in Edinburgh.
The structure twists and weaves to "embrace" a boulder, and the top is covered in grass that has somehow been coaxed into taking root. Rebar is such a naturally ugly object on its own that we were quite surprised to see it looking natural, almost like it belongs in the garden in the first place. Even the rusted look is fitting.
The rebar shed was a winning entry in this year's AIA Excellence in Design Awards.
via home design find