Recycling is the new way to build your home
Saving materials from the scrap heap
1.The “Aviator’s Villa,” is a high-end example of this approach in the U.S. It is a home in New York designed by Urban Office Architecture and built from salvaged airplane parts. It is the very definition of biophilic, as it incorporates sweeping views of sky, trees and the lake below.
Image from: Urban Office Architecture site
2. The Governor in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is a townhouse designed by Architectuur Maken that looks brand-new, but its bricks are made of 15 tons of waste and rubble, including ceramics, glass and clay. Dutch company StoneCycling gathered the waste products from around the country, ground them up and formed them into bricks.
Planning for sustainability in the long term
To reuse is not only about recycling yesterday’s materials. When you use good-quality, durable products to build your home, you are also making it possible to have a greener tomorrow.
For example, the “scrap house” in Ontario profiled in Dwell incorporates reused pieces in an industrial, shed-style aesthetic. The home is built from recycled steel I-beams and galvanized sheets, in addition to wood and concrete. The homeowner’s long experience with scrapyards and steel mills showed him how recyclable metals truly are, and he views the eventual end of the home’s life cycle as just the jumping-off point for the next life of its components.
Photograph by: Lorne Bridgman
An engineer in Victoria, Australia, built with this goal in mind when he designed a home that incorporated recyclable, as well as recycled, materials. Largely bypassing glue in favor of screws and nails, he ensured that when the home was eventually pulled apart, its timber, steel and plastic would be chemical-free and suitable for reuse.
Photograph by: Quentin Irvine
If you are interested in trying this approach yourself, see the original article