Gallery: Big Dig House: Recycled Residence Reaches Completion


If the walls of the Big Dig House could talk, they’d tell you that it’s comprised of 600,000 lbs of recycled materials that were rescued from the Big Dig highway project in Boston. Inhabitat last reported on the striking modern residence in 2006 when it was still in its planning stages, and it has since come a long way from being a pile of rubble and recycled materials. We may now behold what stands today — an elegant and modern private home in Lexington, MA with an exciting backstory.

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  1. KiwiTayl November 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Based on a PBS documentary story about this house, the steel is heated by radiant heat tubes at the points of penetration. It is claimed that the “thermal bridge” problem is overcome and the heated steel in the structure becomes a heat source, as well.

  2. Tamaresque July 10, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Using the industrial materials has made a house that appears to be too large for human scale and makes for a very impersonal space in the living areas. It looks like an industrial designer’s fantasy!

  3. jeanX July 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    How is the house heated?

  4. ironworker July 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I once built a beautiful modern house here in Minnesota, with a W18x76 steel beam running though the facade. Years later, still bothered by this detail, I calculated that this piece of steel is 1000 times more thermally conductive than the nominal R-19 wall it is next to.

    Arguably a beautiful house, but can you say “thermal bridge?”

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