Gallery: POLLI Bricks: Build a House with Recycled Bottles


The creative minds at miniWIZ recently debuted the POLLI-Brick, a recycled polymer bottle that can be interlocked to build an incredible array of structures. Made from recycled PET bottles, the lightweight bricks offer excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and can build anything from fences and roofs to pots for plants, skylights and beautiful walls of light.

Anyone who has taken a trip to the United States’ southwest desert has likely seen early examples of recycled-bottle architecture. From miner’s shacks to elaborate residences, these practical and ingenious structures helped early frontiersmen and women settle The West. Now miniWIZ, the creative team that brought us the HYmini, miniNOTE and SOLARBULB, have taken the idea and transformed it into a fantastic new technology.

POLLI-Bricks possess incredible thermal and sound insulating characteristics in addition to an awesome strength to weight ratio, which should make them a hit with architects and builders alike. While you can’t yet get these at your local building supply mega-store, the economy, versatility and structural potential of the POLLI-Brick may just be what a struggling building market needs.

We love the simple beauty of the POLLI-Brick and are happy to report that it has been chosen for inclusion in the Far Eastern Group Fashion Pavillion in the Taipei International Exposition in 2010. The Fashion Pavillion will showcase the ingenious POLLI-Brick curtain wall system, an interlocking honeycomb wall that lights up with a brilliant display of solar-powered LED’s.

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  1. Irun June 3, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Hi, I realized you haven’t create an article for United Bottle. The concept is very similar, and I think it actually predates the POLLI-Bricks (can’t be sure though they haven’t provide much information). It’d be nice if you can get more info about it.

  2. Skeezix December 29, 2009 at 6:24 am

    I have done some checking. No the Polli-Brick structure is in Taipei. There is a Flower Show in Taipei starting in one year. There is another international exhibition going on in Shanghai at about the same time. The Polli-Brick structure is called the Eco ARK Pavilion. Polli-Brick is used as an exterior curtain wall mostly. You can see pictures of what the bulding is supposed to look like in other forums. The article above talks about the benefits that Polli-Brick promises. But, now that there is a building being built, nobody is posting specifics about the big issues such as performance metrics, carbon footprint, cost, etc. Anybody who knows more should share! If Polli-
    Brick delivers, as indicated in the article above (“POLLI-Bricks possess incredible thermal and sound insulating characteristics in addition to an awesome strength to weight ratio, which should make them a hit with architects and builders alike.”) then its a cool idea. Does anybody out there know details?

  3. JL December 14, 2009 at 4:33 am

    does it design for 2010 Shanghai Expo in China?

  4. Skeezix December 8, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Sounds cool.

    Does anybody know what the building looks like?

  5. go_green December 2, 2009 at 2:26 am

    woah plastic buildings seem to be the next trend.
    I think polli-brick is a very innovative idea. I like how the bricks interlock so the structure is strong.
    I’m in taiwan visiting a friend, and i passed by the Expo construction site. The design of the building looks amazing.
    I can’t believe that something so cool can be made of plastic.
    I hope I can come to taiwan again to see and visit the finished building.

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  7. savetheworld January 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

    the polli brick is a brilliant idea. we should always promote recycling, i think it is one of the most important things to do. Miniwiz’s first product was very interesting too, they came out with the HYmini and it is a portable wind and solar charger. It is compatible with almost any 5v devices.

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