What we all can learn from Aju Hostel & Pousada in Aracaju, Brazil
When you walk in the doors of Aju Hostel & Pousada in Aracaju, you probably wouldn’t be able to see how much of the hostels interior and furniture that is made from recycled materials. The hostel was opened 5 years ago, and as they started up in a building that was lacking the infrastructure to receive guests. The hostel’s manager eagerly looked for ways to reduce the costs in renovating his new hostel, but of course also the need for new materials. And he was in luck, there was in fact at the time a hotel that was being demolished right here in Aracaju.
They spent 1 month at the hotel, filling 10 truckloads of materials for a very reasonable price. Mirrors, doors, as well as various pieces of wood and construction to furnish the hostel.
Of course the chance of finding a closing hotel or something similar, isn’t always going to be easy. But by making this article and leaving all these pictures here as an example, may serve as an inspiration for some of you.
In the picture above: A table made from a cable roller, and an old staircase banister serves as a climbing point for their plants. The bar is constructed with pallets and pieces of wood from the hotel. The roof of the bar is completely recycled and also the green lamps hanging from it are in fact wine bottles. The decorative door and windows (in orange and blue) are original parts from the original house, that has found a new purpose. Also the flooring is completely constructed with wood gathered from the old hotel.
In the picture above: The beds are constructed with recycled wood, using materials that was originally door frames and such. Also most of the mattresses in this hostel were salvaged from the hotel.
In the picture above: The chairs, tv section, sofa, as well as the ceiling is all made from recycled wood. The mattresses on the sofa are of the same sort as the ones from the guest rooms, which were salvaged from the hotel.
In the picture above: This beautiful furniture was all constructed with recycled materials such as window shutters and leftover pieces of wood