Tafline Laylin

Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materials

by , 02/25/12

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

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.

recycled materials, green design, sustainable design, junk castle, victor moore, starbucks, reclamation drive-thru, blocker mini, sweden, LEED, recycled doors, Seoul, Choi Jeong-Hwa, Burton Street, Peace Garden, Maisongomme, recycled car tires, sustainable design, eco design, 6 awesome recycled buildings

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

When was the last time you saw a building made out of giant Texaco signs, ironing boards, and window screens? Well, it’s quite possible that you never have, but you should. This funky little structure was the result of a 10 week design workshop in North Carolina and has become a learning pavilion for the Burton Street Community Peace Garden. Not only was it made of salvaged materials found on site, but it also incorporates passive solar design and harvests rainwater. And it’s adorable to boot.

recycled materials, green design, sustainable design, junk castle, victor moore, starbucks, reclamation drive-thru, blocker mini, sweden, LEED, recycled doors, Seoul, Choi Jeong-Hwa, Burton Street, Peace Garden, Maisongomme, recycled car tires, sustainable design, eco design, 6 awesome recycled buildings

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

Our final project is the funky Maisongomme garden office which is made of locally-sourced scrap materials and clad in a layer of discarded rubber tires! This wonderful little space by Refunc doubles as an office and storage shed for a couple keen to maintain a small environmental footprint.

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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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