Architectural wonders taking recycling to a grand scale


While for most of us recycling simply means something on the lines of reusing an empty glass bottle as a candle holder, there are some who think of a very large scale. These eco conscious individuals and groups have shown the world how products, which we think as trash, can be used to create something extraordinary. Right from several useful products to architectural wonders that buzz around the world, junk has been used as a raw material by different people for different uses. Here are some of the architectural wonders that took on junk to create something new on a mega scale.

  • The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple

If you think that god hates junk then a few Thai monks could easily challenge you. These monks, hailing from the Sisaket province in Thailand, have used more than a million recycled bottles to construct a new Buddhist temple. Dubbed the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, the Buddhist temple is located about 400 miles northeast of Bangkok and uses everything from beer to wine bottles as bricks to support the entire structure.

  • The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel is an interesting piece of architecture for those of us who simply hate books and hide them in every nook and corner of our house, simply because we don’t want to read them. Acclaimed Argentinean artist Marta Minujin took over 30,000 old books, which were donated by libraries and readers, to create the 82-foot tall Tower of Babel.

  • The Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village

Situated in Simi Valley, California, the Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village is … well a village made using old bottles. Created by Tressa Prisbrey, the construction work spanned over 25 years and includes a variety of recycled materials such as beer bottles, old dolls and numerous other found materials collected from a local dump. Using bottles as bricks makes the structure shimmer with different colors as sunlight hits the façade of the structures.

  • WHIM Architecture’s Recycled Island

Making use of the amount of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, something we call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, designers at WHIM Architecture have conceived a plan to build a floating island. The Recycled Island would be about 4000sqm island of plastic, on which communities would be built. The plan will not only clean the oceans but will also change the credentials of plastic from waste to a building material.

  • The Container City

Created by a small community of Mexican businessmen, the Container City, is one of the most unique entertainment areas in Mexico. The city features restaurants, gallery spaces, bars, and funky looking stores, each of which has been created from recycled shipping containers, painted in bright colors.

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