In Ghana, one man's trash isn't just another man's treasure—one man used that waste to build the largest and oldest house made from recycled and reclaimed material in West Africa. Built by Ghanian junk architect Sammy Mensah Ansah, the Wheel Story House comprises 12 apartments cobbled together from a mishmash of landfill-bound parts. Ansah completed his artistic masterpiece over fifteen years ago in Accra, where he continues to upcycle Ghana trash in a bid to clean up the environment.
Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the public to rethink the concept of waste and to use alternative building supplies. “When you think about it, nothing is waste,” says Ansah. “Everything can be reused somewhere and somewhere. You just have to think about how.”
In contrast to the majority of Ghanian architecture, which is made from concrete, Ansah’s house is mostly built from reclaimed wood. In addition to the main wooden body, the house is built from an eclectic collection of scraps, from broken coffee cups and toilet bowls to discarded electric spools and stones. The Wheel Story House is open for tours Monday through Friday, from 10AM to 4PM.
Images via Wheel Story House