You'll Want to See These Houses Made out of Recyclable Materials
Sustainability has become a major trend recently. While every architect can interpret sustainability differently, the latest trend is to compete to make a house made out of completely recyclable materials.
Looking at the house above, you may not notice that the design isn't the only unique quality it possesses. Th exterior of this house was built using salvaged airplane parts and was appropriately designed for a former air pilot.
Wanting to demonstrate the reality of waste, the Alfredo Santa Cruz family built this home entirely from used plastic water bottles. The walls are made from 1,200 PET plastic bottles, which support a 1,300-piece Tetra Pack roof holding 140-piece cd jewel-case doors and windows that surround plastic-bottle couches and beds.
While not popular in colder climates, these houses deemed "Earthships" are ultra-sustainable homes built from recycled trash such as bottles, tires, aluminum cans, and other litter. For this house, the cans and bottles were filled with soil and then plastered over with natural mud. The "polka-dot" design that you see are the bottoms of old beer bottles embedded into the mud.
While trying to think of a suitable material for refugee housing in Kosovo, Architects Suzan Wines and Azin Valy decided to build this easily assembled home from shipping pallets.