Gallery: Dratz&Dratz Unveil Office Made From Recycled Paper in Essen, G...


From upcycled shipping containers to concrete pipes, we love seeing architects find new and clever ways to turn discarded materials into functional structures. Designed by architects Ben and Daniel Dratz of Berlin, this “Paper House” is a 2,045 square foot temporary workspace composed of 550 bales of compressed, recycled paper sourced from area supermarkets. The brothers won a $200,000 grant from Essen’s Zollverein School of Management and Design (ZSMD) to build the structure on the grounds of a former mining complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  1. PODPASSIV December 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Great Idea but the UK is much further forward with providing sustainable buildings options PODPASSIV have a service life of 60 years, harvest rainwater, operate of grid, can be built in a day laterally to any-size and to four stories high. Super insulated the buildings operate in temperatures from -20 to +60 degrees and flat pack to provide 10 modules in one 40 ft sea container. Several pilots are planned for next year supporting IMBYism, our solution to the housing crisis.

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