Gallery: Modern Dutch House Built From Salvaged Billboards and Umbrella...

Photo by Mark Seleen for Dwell

A first glance this may appear to be just another nice-looking modern home — until you realize that it is constructed almost entirely from salvaged materials sourced within a nine mile radius of the building site. Dwell’s recent profile of this Dutch home by 2012architects explores the uncommon lengths that the project undertook to make a refined architectural statement with discarded materials. The architects claim 60% of the exterior and nearly 90% of the interior is salvaged through a process they dub recyclicity — read on to find out how they did it.

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  1. Andrew Michler February 4, 2011 at 12:45 am


    I would recommend contacting the architects directly about the material science of the house. They have great website that is full of information and projects based on re-purposing materials. I do not see the project having any better of a deconstruct profile than many other houses. Building to deconstruct and be reabsorbed into the materials pool is only recently becoming a design consideration for projects as a whole- most of what I have seen is on the individual product basis like Interface Carpet or Cradle to Cradle. You project sound interesting so please keep us up to date with your findings.

  2. the real costs February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the news about this unique house. No doubt that a house can’t get any greener as far as the materials used, but do you know if the design used life-cycle principles to minimize environmental impact for the full life of the house, or who we could speak to find that out?

    We’ve been looking for candidates of sustainable building to highlight that consider long-term economic and environmental impact in the selection of materials and design, consistent with research recently released from MIT. If this house qualifies, we would like to showcase it as a real-world example of life-cycle principles at work.

    Laura Braden

  3. Mary Ann February 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    My brothers built a 3-level tree house when we were growing up, made with wood from electrical spools as shown in your house. They used the round part for siding, and one for the first “floor” up into the tree house. It is a favorite memory. Our dad bought 100 excess spools from electrical contractor for our play and fun.

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