Gallery: Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materi...

 
When we first saw this ten-storey building in Seoul wrapped in recycled doors, we did a double take. But as soon as we realized that the South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa was behind the project, it made total sense. Jeong-Hwa wanted to transform a rather bland facade into a colorful, pixelated structure that relied only on existing materials, and this is what he came up with. It's funky but genius.

Check out 6 awesome buildings from around the world that are made entirely out of recycled materials:

Artist Victor Moore Builds an Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden

1000 Recycled Doors Transform the Facade of a 10-Story Building in Seoul

Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

Maisongomme: A Funky Garden Office and Shed Made from Recycled Car Tires

Artist Victor Moore Builds an Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

This incredible “junk castle” designed by Victor Moore is made entirely out of scrap materials, and here’s the best part. The whole thing only cost $500. Now we realize that not everyone is interested to live in a house that was put together with materials salvaged from the nearby junk yard, but this is a clear indicator of what can be done with a bit of ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking. Moore’s MFA assemblage thesis was constructed in 1970!

Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

When a major corporation like Starbucks creates a new branch out of 4 recycled shipping containers, it starts to seem like the rest of the world might finally catch on to the numerous benefits of recycling existing materials. This awesome reclamation drive-thru in Tukwila, Washington may be part of the company’s new branding strategy, which includes an emphasis on reducing energy and material use. And just when this new Starbucks seemed like it couldn’t be any cooler, we found out that it was designed to meet LEED certification.

Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden

This charming building in Sweden is made from cinder blocks and 36 reclaimed window frames, and we think it’s absolutely lovely. The waterfront cottage designed by Karin Matz is minimally-funished and flooded with daylight, and makes a wonderful guest house for anyone interested in a rustic getaway!

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3 Comments

  1. Goner4daze February 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Ms. Laylin- Please consider expanding this story into a series so that the “so many awesome projects” can keep inspiring us!

  2. Tafline Laylin Tafline Laylin February 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Atom Farm. There are so many awesome projects that we could have covered, but we only had space for six!

  3. AtomFarm February 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great article, but you completely left out Earthship! I interned there, and we would literally use trash as insulation, bottles and cans in walls, car windshields for windows, sheet metal to fabricate wind turbines, and car tires as the foundation. Not to mention they are completely off the grid and support life with a greenhouse and thermally charged walls set in the earth.

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