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Building Made Entirely of Recycled Kitchen Sinks

by , 05/04/09

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This incredible reclaimed pavilion defies the old “everything but” cliché – it is entirely made of kitchen sinks. Built by 2012 Architechten in cooperation with Jeanne van Heeswijks of Jeanneworks, the structure has risen up as a stainless steel castle tower amidst the traditional architecture of Utrecht, Vlaardingen and Amsterdam. An inventive example of reclaimed construction, the Sustainable Sky Box serves as a multi-purpose space for cultural activities.

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Reclaimed kitchen sinks serve as the pavilion‘s principle facade elements, which are held together with scaffolding, wire and waterproof multiplex boards. The airy structure is open on top to the sky and doesn’t feature any specific amenities inside, which makes it more of a community gathering place than a shelter. The building can also collect rainwater in a tank to water the nearby collective garden.

A stunning example of reclaimed design, we could envision this type of facade being used more frequently. The sink basins could easily be replaced with windows, and the metal could be riveted to the building skeleton for a bombproof cladding material.

+ 2012Architechten

+ Jeanneworks

Via Notcot

Photos Courtesy of Recycloop

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kitchen sink pavilion, sustainable design, green design, green building, sustainable architecture, recycled materials, 2012 architechten, jeanneworks

kitchen sink pavilion, sustainable design, green design, green building, sustainable architecture, recycled materials, 2012 architechten, jeanneworks

kitchen sink pavilion, sustainable design, green design, green building, sustainable architecture, recycled materials, 2012 architechten, jeanneworks

kitchen sink pavilion, sustainable design, green design, green building, sustainable architecture, recycled materials, 2012 architechten, jeanneworks

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17 Comments

  1. franky July 19, 2011 at 5:34 am

    and so gracefully

  2. Franky July 19, 2011 at 5:22 am

    It’s so creativity!!!

  3. smashbell July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Keep up the good work.

  4. tyler5677 June 26, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Actually, I think I have seen a similar building elsewhere. Let me see if I can remember. You don’t really see a building made out of sinks every day, you know.

  5. Tyler5677 June 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Interesting and innovative approach to building a building. I wonder if this can act as a stepping stone towards a more green environment by the use of recycled materials for building structures.

  6. Carly77 May 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I question how useful this building really is. Does the wind whistle through the cracks in the winter?

  7. jane1112 March 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for the very interesting story!

  8. Pink January 25, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Very strange but nice ideea

  9. toilet repair January 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I actually quite like the look of the structure itself and the fact that it is from recycled materials is just that much cooler. We see a lot of recycled landmarks here in the Portland, OR area, very green living here.

  10. Outletseller January 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Very strange, but beautiful, too.

  11. fabiola75 December 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

    This is what the word ‘creativity’ means. Recycling architecture is a cheapest way to build an incredible buildings. If we knows how to use what we have, even if in the most cheapest way, we can built something different but useful. In that way, we helped to eliminate recycled materials in an beneficial way. workout bar

  12. edknowledge December 9, 2009 at 7:24 am

    really nice1

  13. Lionel Curtis August 27, 2009 at 9:29 am

    studied environMENTAL design in Architecture, love this kind of dwelling shelter thingo thanx for adding
    cheers The oOpera Boys facebook

  14. RKL1717 August 10, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Thank God for creativity!!!

  15. superuse May 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    it may be helpful to know that most of these sinks were harvested from steel recycling scrapyards just before they would take them melting back to steel. The construction is made in such a way that the sinks can still function as sinks after they’ve done their job for this project: no new holes were added…

  16. Brandy May 8, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I don’t want to come any closer to that building! lol
    Thanks for the interesting story anyway!

  17. dantheman May 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Love it. But I’d try re-using sinks as sinks first, before turning them into facade elements. Stainless steel is difficult to weld and work with, requiring more “energy” in the form of labor to use these sinks as cladding. But inspiring nonetheless!

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