Gallery: Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger tha...

In order to raise awareness for the school, MyShelter Foundation organized a run in June.
In order to raise awareness for the school, MyShelter Foundation organized a run in June.

From family homes to entire temples, we’ve seen a lot of bottle architecture here at Inhabitat, but this is the first bottle school we’ve come across, and we think it makes so much sense. Plastic bottles are every where, and until we can finally do away with them completely, why not turn them into livable, usable structures?

In order to raise awareness for the school, MyShelter Foundation organized a run in June. They also collected bottles – which most people were more than happy to get rid of – at the event. The Bottle School was constructed with the help of dozens of volunteers who secured the bottles with liquified adobe and steel bars. The site was donated by the local government of San Pablo.

“It’s very empowering because what used to be a problem is now a solution,” said Mr. Diaz about the inspiring project. Congratz to MyShelter Foundation for completing their very first Bottle School and stay tuned because word on the street is that there are many more schools like this one in the works.

Photos © Kristel Marie Fuentes Gonzales


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  1. fayema April 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

    hello. Could you share the basis/source which stated that such combo is about three times stronger? Thank you very much. It will be greatly appreciated. :)

  2. fleal March 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hi, I would like to ask ,Is this method could also be applicable in multi storey school building?

  3. benjjunior May 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    hi im a student from csb and im a part of an organization named JMA junior marketing organization. i am just wondering if it is possible for us to tie up with u and make a bottle school also? if ever what are the requirements? thanks hope for your response.

  4. heenal April 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

    What a beautiful bottle school!

    Another organization, based in the USA, is also building bottle schools – in Guatemala. Hug It Forward has completed 7 bottle schools since October 2009, and has 3 more projects under way.

    By building with “waste” materials, leveraging the volunteer labor of the community, and by ensuring that 100% of donations are spent on projects (no money is taken for overhead or salaries), they can build a two-classroom school for under $10,000.

  5. carolinebkennedy January 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Brilliant. Simple, sustainable and effective. Let there be many more, not only in the Philippines but around the world. Congratulations to the design and construction teams.

  6. candidebajacalifornia January 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    In putting things together, so many homeless in America picking up bottles each day for surviving and to never live in one house built by these bottles is an expected frown from God, I wish I could make the homeless a home with this, seems God already placed the idea on someone! When my parents did not want to pay rent anymore, they went to the mountains and cut the trunk of a lot of cactus, took that to a land and mixed adobe mix and wire (clay, water and hey)to kind of glue them together, that was our very first own home, I will never forget that, then my mother built a house for the hens out of bamboo sticks knit with wire, it no longer exist, so I wonder how long would this bottle structure will last? Remarkable innovation on the bottles!!!

  7. ilanacz December 31, 2010 at 4:38 am

    What is this adobe ? what is it made of ? (and how ?)
    Why is it stronger then concrete ???

  8. KristelMarieGonzales December 31, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Thank you so much for showing the world this grand project thru my photos! It’s my honor to be part of this magnificent innovation. I, together with Mr.Diaz, plan to take more shots of the fully-finished buildings by first quarter of this year. Please keep me and Myshelterfoundation posted if these photos are to be used for other purposes. Thank you.

  9. karenart December 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I have seen a few creative designs using plastic bottles this is without a doubt the best! I will check out the other buildings that made from plastic bottles. sustainable architects are wonderful sustainability and beauty.

  10. Holcim Awards December 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    That translucent front wall is beautiful. This is a great project that addresses both environmental and social sustainability. Really fantastic and a perfect submission to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction:
    This is exactly the type of project that wins some of the $2 million USD in prize money worldwide.

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