Thanks to cell phones, phone booths are becoming more and more obsolete. Some may lament their passing, but time, and technology, continue to march steadily on, usually to everyone”s benefit. Phone booths, once commonplace structures, have been removed from many cities, or, in some cases, repurposed for other uses, such as being used as tiny public libraries in some towns in the U.K.
The classic red phone box of Great Britain is one of the most popular styles to be incorporated into other things, due to its bright color and iconic status, but plenty of other countries have turned their public phones into something eye-catching as well.
A red green house.
Private calling booths in Google”s London office.
A pub entrance in Germany.
The tiniest art gallery.
One chilly phone.
An installation about homelessness.
A place to get cash in a pinch.
A place to smoke your meats.
Public phones as public art.
The tiniest bar.
A slightly ominous-looking outdoor shower
Semi-functional changing rooms.
The disappearance of the typical phone booth might make you feel nostalgic, but the next time your car breaks down several miles from anywhere, you”ll be thankful for your cell phone. As technology evolves, we can create new things out of the obsolete–after all, it”s better to reuse and reinvent than to let things go to waste.