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Leger Wanaselja’s McGee House is Made From Over 100 Salvaged Car Roofs

Posted By Charley Cameron On February 8, 2012 @ 6:59 pm In Architecture,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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Recent data suggests that we send more than 14 million cars to the scrap yard [2] each year, so it’s refreshing to see some of those abandoned automobiles put to good use in sustainable, eco-friendly style. Leger Wanaselja Architecture’s [3] fabulously ambitious McGee House [4] does just that. The curvaceous upper walls of the 2 bedroom home are fashioned from over 100 salvaged car roofs, while the roofs of the home are constructed from sawn apart gray-colored cars. The bright and airy awning you see? It’s made entirely from the side windows of Dodge Caravans, once “America’s best-selling minivan,” now prevalent in scrap heaps.

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The remainder of the home’s construction is equally innovative and eco-friendly. The lower exterior walls are clad with Poplar bark [6], a byproduct of the furniture industry, while all the finish mill-work, from the counters to the deck rails, is crafted from salvaged wood. The wood floors are sealed with a plant resin finish for reduced toxicity. At a modest 1,140 square feet, the home is powered almost entirely by passive solar energy, with a back up system for those occasional dreary days.

The cool, curved walls [7] of the home are functional too; the house appears small and unobtrusive from the street, while the increased wall space allows additional natural light into the home’s open plan rooms.

The California-based duo of green architects, Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger, has experimented with this medium before. In 2010 they constructed a “surprisingly strong, versatile” temporary shed entirely from salvaged car parts [8]. Their biggest challenge, according to Gizmag [9], was sourcing scrapped cars that were still “in relatively good condition, without dents and with a good paint finish.”

The property also includes a studio constructed from a used shipping container, which if it’s anything like their Shipping Container Home [10] is sure to be awesome.

+ Leger Wanaselja Architecture [11]

Via gizmag [12]

Photos © Leger Wanaselja Architecture [3]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/leger-wanaseljas-mcgee-house-is-made-from-over-100-salvaged-car-roofs/wanaselja-house-salvaged-car-parts-1/

[2] scrap yard: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/out_and_about/687787/recycle_your_car_dont_scrap_it.html

[3] Leger Wanaselja Architecture’s: http://www.lwarc.com/index.html

[4] McGee House: http://www.lwarc.com/res_mcgee.html

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/leger-wanaseljas-mcgee-house-is-made-from-over-100-salvaged-car-roofs/wanaselja-house-salvaged-car-parts-4/

[6] Poplar bark: http://inhabitat.com/quaint-poplar-garden-house-is-a-low-impact-sculpture-shed-in-the-netherlands/

[7] curved walls: http://inhabitat.com/caradoc%e2%80%99s-hideout-a-fetching-hut-made-from-recycled-materials-in-wales/

[8] temporary shed entirely from salvaged car parts: http://www.lwarc.com/mu_mgshed.html

[9] Gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com/salvaged-scrap-mcgee-house/21199/pictures#1

[10] Shipping Container Home: http://inhabitat.com/fantastic-california-home-surprisingly-made-from-shipping-containers/

[11] + Leger Wanaselja Architecture: http://www.lwarc.com/

[12] gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com

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