The Art of Architectural Salvage

Lv Hengzhong

A sustainable building practice picks up steam, from Vietnam to Denmark.

Six Senses Con Dao, Dat Doc Beach, Vietnam

Hiding behind a canopy of vegetation and custom bamboo fences, this island resort, designed by French architecture firm AW2, blends seamlessly with the landscape. Most of the public spaces are crafted from old wooden doors collected from around the country and fitted together like a puzzle. The result—weathered, modern, distinguished—is the perfect marriage of luxury and sustainability. Rooms start at $555; Dat Doc Beach; 84-64/383-1222;

Radio, Copenhagen, Denmark

Claus Meyer, cofounder of the world-renowned restaurant Noma, wanted his new dining room to focus on the essence of Nordic cuisine and the natural world it comes from. Behind an enormous picture of a red cabbage in the fields, the wall is lined with weathered planks of salvaged wood from the island of Bornholm. At Julius Thomsens Gade 12; 45-25/102-733;

Ningbo Museum, Ningbo, China

Recent Pritzker Architecture Prize–winner Wang Shu built this historical museum from recycled materials with a history of their own. Roof tiles and bricks were reclaimed from dismantled walls and houses and now serve as an exterior whose streaked surfaces unfold like a textural and tactile collage. At 1000 Shounan Middle St.;

Saxon + Parole, New York

This NoHo restaurant was inspired by the stables that once dotted the streets of Manhattan. Wooden panels and railings came from upstate, along with old equine blankets and straps. The interior feels like a clamorous cabinet of curiosities filled with old horseshoes and whiskey bottles and fueled by the bar’s signature barrel-aged cocktails. At 316 Bowery; 212-254-0350;

Le Chalet, MegEve, France

Reviving the former La Ferme de Mon Père once run by chef Marc Veyrat, Arnaud Zannier has opened a hotel whose decor is reduced to the essentials: barely polished raw surfaces, carefully chosen new furniture mixed with antiques, and a faded, almost atonal color palette. A simple, refined and sustainable take on Alpine tradition. Rooms start at $590; 367 Rte. du Crêt; 33-4/50-21-01-01;