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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
We have seen desks , book shelves , and tables  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 The outdated, useless used phone book has been transformed into an intriguing building block by Richard Kroeker  and a handful of students in the Dalhousie University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 , these books survive as a testament to the brilliant influence of reuse as architecture.
7000 books are stacked in columns reinforced by simple drywall metal corner beads. An amazing beam  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 façade to grace the experimental building .
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/phonebookbuilding.jpg
 We have seen desks: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=170710
 book shelves: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/03/national-geographic-magazines-turned-into-a-bookshelf/
 tables: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/06/spring-greening-phone-book-coffee-table/
 Richard Kroeker: http://www.richardkroekerdesign.com/ambientmaterial.html
 dying bred: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130332956
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/07/amazing-building-made-from-7000-recycled-phone-books/new-3-75/
 beam: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=170709
 experimental building: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/09/corrugated-fiberboard-house-make-great-use-of-waste-material/
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/the-phone-booth-recycling-an-endangered-species.php
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