I decided I was on this crazy recycled searching mission and kept googling recycled interiors , recycled gardens (such is the world we live in, nearly everything is a few clicks and then a scroll away). And so when I arbitrarily typed ‘recycled housing’ I was amazed at what Google returned and at what my eyes beheld. I instantly decided: ‘this has to become a post’ for the sheer brilliance, imagination and scope. It certainly is something that those of us who are inclined towards creating, can ponder, mull and visualise our own recycled home- it’s all possible-we just need to muster enough determination and vigour; put our aspirations to paper and source the right materials to fashion a wonderful recycled home of our own.
First, before the pictorial begins, I will refer you to this web-site, it is completely brilliant and Dan Philips proves that eco-living can be a viable, economical and a community centered venture even in capitalist driven USA.
Above, Dan Philips, founder of Phoenix Commotion.
Source: NY Times online
Storybook house…and you can see why. It is straight out of a fairytale. This is a Dan Philips creation, as mentioned above.
Mr. Phillips said: 80 percent of the materials are salvaged from other construction projects, hauled out of trash heaps or just picked up from the side of the road.
Source: Phoenix Commotion
I am not quite sure how economical this would be, however, it is still making use of something that could essentially be strewn to the side of an old airport or taken to the scrap heap-instead it has become a firmly grounded home. The web-site, noted below, has 15 recycled and bizarre examples of homes- please have a look.
Earthship: I wish we had a better picture- one day I shall visit Taos in New Mexico and see all the Earthship houses. These are made from recycled building materials and are part of a large community. This house is powered by solar energy. The picture was taken in 1996.
I managed to source another picture of the Earthship community, here it is- and might I just add, it is simply perfect and complements its surroundings unlike most homes:
What’s an Earthship? It’s an ultra-sustainable home built from recycled tires, aluminum cans and bottles packed with dirt, then plastered over with natural mud.
Earthships are living green buildings, constructed using earth, waste car tyres and other recycled materials. They use the planets natural systems to provide utilities – using the sun’s energy, wind and rain to provide heat, power and water.
And yet more…the Earth ship community in New Mexico- I love this one also as it looks so cosy. (Click here)
I have since stumbled upon this web-site, it is a campaign to build the first Earthship in London. The picture below goes someway to explain the science behind the Earthships formula.
You can see from the diagram the various purposes of the Earthship. Rain-harvesting might be common, but indoor vegetables and fruit, like a green house effect, is excellent. The tires are used for thermal mass, and the house is submerged into mud to conserve energy.
Hobbit Hole/middle Earth Earthship!
A Hobbits house- In new Zealand, you can live like a little Hobbit, in their grand hole for a night or two in the Woodlyn National Park. The experience could inspire you to create your own Hobbitses hole- I know if I found the perfect spot I would definitely create a semi submerged home with a round door. The heat that would normally escape a conventional house would be retained. Your Hobbit house could have a grass roof and solar panels too.
Made from concrete and earth, these houses are naturally insulated from rain, low temperatures, wind and natural abrasion, which saves a lot of resources. The dwellings have been designed in a manner that all vital areas get adequate daylight despite the houses having a green roof. To ensure just that the areas which need most sunlight have been situated toward the south whereas the nighttime areas have been placed toward the north.
This Swiss estate is sincerely beautiful and it is a twist on the old Hobbit hole house. This was designed by Vetsch Arkitectur. The houses are covered in grass and located in the Swiss highlands therefore excellent for heat storage in the cold winters as well as cold in the summer. The houses follow a typical earth house construction, ie, made from all recycled materials and the little community encircle a small lake. I am intrigiued to find out how long this little cluster of houses took to build and how much the project cost. I would like to create my own similar project here in London! Please click the link below for more information on their construction and the benefits of creating such a house.
We really have only just begun. The human imagination knows no bounds and this is clear in peoples passion and resolution to employ as much as 80% recycled materials in the houses they build.
Infiniski, is a Spanish company offer a modern and minimalist take for recycled housing. They look like this:
Source: doornob.com (image taken from)
The examples, they will grow, however in the mean time, I have to go!
Recycled houses that function as eco-houses are brilliant. Most of the time, if you find a house that has been built from recycled materials then it is likely that it will have an ecological energy system. We have found more examples of recycled, upcycled and eco homes, here they are.
I guess this is upcycled: containers for cargo becoming homes/office space or artists studios are now somewhat familiar in urban centers. London is home to ‘Container City‘ a
The eponymous Container City is actually just one of their projects, which the web-site claim is the most famous of their creations. 80% of the building is made from recycled materials and the first phases of the ‘City’ took just 3 months.
Container living might appear more complementary to the geometry of the city but container spaces have expanded their portfolio to the rural areas where they look surprisingly at home (see below).
Containers have been converted in to artists studios, living space, offices, cafes, community centers hotels as well as extensions on existing buildings, such as Faraday School (see below).