Mike Chino

Ecomat's LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle

by , 04/19/10

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What if building your own house was as easy as snapping together a bunch of LEGO bricks? Brace yourself: just such a set of industrial-sized building blocks exist, and they’re made from 100% recycled materials to boot! Designed by Ecomat, these colorful interlocking bricks are light weight, earthquake resistant, and can be used to build practically any structure you can think up.

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Designed for both permanent and temporary constructions, Ecomat building blocks can be used to create sturdy structures in a snap. The 100% recycled plastic blocks provide good thermal and acoustic insulation, don’t require a specialized building team to install, and can be mounted without the use of mortar, which significantly speeds up construction times. Their versatility makes them a great building material for developing nations or emergency housing applications, and their light weight offers significant shipping emissions savings over heavier materials.

Constructing an entire Ecomat building is easy thanks to the blocks’ interlocking design. As for the roof, you’re on your own for now — there’s no snappy shingle-shaped blocks as of yet. The brilliant building blocks are currently on display at Milan Design Week in the “Sparkling: Ecologically Correct” show in Zona Tortona.

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4 Comments

  1. wompol April 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    My idea (hereby published and protected) is — and it works — to create forms for cobb blocks that have the mass-producted characteristics of legos. They are better than brick, with greater insulative value and thermal mass. Because they are much larger than bricks, and are cast with built in receptacles for other bricks and supports, they also provide strength and flexibility of construction. I especially enjoy working with them in my large, multi-material home (part cobb, straw bale, natural wood, pallet, and glass) that is currently under constructino on a Virginia hilltop.

  2. dlapham April 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This is awesome. I want to build one of these.. I posted this exact idea on half bakery in 2004 , and it aired on American Inventor in 2007.

  3. dlapham April 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hey, this looks like something I posted in 2004 :)
    http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Lego_20House#1252235282

  4. terryjr91 April 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I want some. I want to be that crazy guy that instead of growing out of legos, I just made them larger.

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