Gallery: LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthous...

We've long been fans of LOT-EK's incredible shipping container structures (heck, we even sent them a Valentine one year), but we just recently found out about one of their lesser known recycled materials of choice - truck bodies! The NY based architecture firm utilized several rear truck frames as part of the renovation of the home of Lawrence and Alice Weiner, and the results might surprise you. Not only were some frames attached to the new front facade of the West Village townhouse as super unique bay windows, they were also used to build a sophisticated penthouse surrounded by a thriving rooftop garden.

The Weiners purchased their brick townhouse in 1990, but as time went on Lawrence, a renowned conceptual artist, began to outgrow his workspace within the home. To make more room, LOT-EK added a third floor onto the 2 story structure as well as a penthouse and new rear and front facades. Glance quickly at the new exterior of the building and you might not notice anything out of the ordinary. But if you look closer, you might notice a familiar structure encasing the windows – metal frames like you might see on the back of a truck on the highway! Not only do the stainless steel frames add an industrial, recycled architectural feature to the home, they also function as a bench, a conference nook and a platform bed on the interior of the residence.

As if having truck parts sticking out of the front of your house wasn’t cool enough already, the Weiners also enjoy a gorgeous garden on their roof. But it doesn’t end there. Right next to the garden, a penthouse which was also constructed of truck bodies makes for a peaceful study away from the hubbub of the city. The trellis-like structure that looms over the penthouse is actually a support for the solar and hot water panels that provide energy for the home.


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