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Amazing Building Made From 7,000 Recycled Phone Books

Posted By Andrew Michler On October 7, 2010 @ 7:44 pm In Architecture,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Materials | No Comments

phone book shed, Richard Kroeker, Dalhousie University Department of Architecture, reused material, recycled material, reuse architecture [1]

We have seen desks [2], book shelves [3], and tables [4] made from old books and magazines, but never an entire building — until now. The outdated, useless used phone book has been transformed into an intriguing building block by Richard Kroeker [5] and a handful of students in the Dalhousie University Department of Architecture in Nova Scotia. Their experimental building uses discarded phone books from the school to support the wall, and even as structural roof members. While phone books might be a dying bred [6], these books survive as a testament to the brilliant influence of reuse as architecture.

phone book shed, Richard Kroeker, Dalhousie University Department of Architecture, reused material, recycled material, reuse architecture [7]

7000 books are stacked in columns reinforced by simple drywall metal corner beads. An amazing beam [8] made from phone books was also developed to support the roof. The books are so dense that wood can be screwed directly to them, allowing for a beautiful basket weave fa├žade to grace the experimental building [9].

+ Richard Kroeker Design [5]

Via Treehugger [10]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/phonebookbuilding.jpg

[2] We have seen desks: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=170710

[3] book shelves: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/03/national-geographic-magazines-turned-into-a-bookshelf/

[4] tables: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/06/spring-greening-phone-book-coffee-table/

[5] Richard Kroeker: http://www.richardkroekerdesign.com/ambientmaterial.html

[6] dying bred: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130332956

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/07/amazing-building-made-from-7000-recycled-phone-books/new-3-75/

[8] beam: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=170709

[9] experimental building: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/09/corrugated-fiberboard-house-make-great-use-of-waste-material/

[10] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/the-phone-booth-recycling-an-endangered-species.php

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