Recycling+Building Materials

© Paula Bailey -

In today’s world “going green” has become a top priority in our society, and sustainable buildings and design are at the forefront of this green revolution. While many designers are focusing on passive and active energy systems, the reuse of is beginning to stand out as an innovative, highly effective, and artistic expression of sustainable design. Reusing materials from existing on site and nearby site elements such as trees, structures, and paving is becoming a trend in the built environment, however more unorthodox materials such as soda cans and are being discovered as recyclable building materials. Materials and projects featured after the break.

Kindergarten Guntramsdorf / goya

© Kurt Hoerbst

Architects: goya (group of young architects)
Location: Guntramdorf,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 730 sqm
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst

House in Geumsan / Eunjoo ROH + Studio GAON

© Youngchea PARK

Architects: Hyungnam LIM, Eunjoo ROH, Studio GAON
Locations: , Korea
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 75.6 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Tex-Tonic House 1 / Paul McAneary Architects

Paul McAneary Architects

Architects: Paul McAneary Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 466 sqm
Photographs: Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

The clients brief in this invited competition was to design two apartments on the top floor of the existing Central London post office and Phillips de Pury art action house in Victoria, London. The client expressed a wish for large volume ‘loft’ spaces and his desire for a contemporary design and functionality. Paul McAneary Architects’ response won the competition with a proposal for expressed natural tectonics through numerous new details, and even developing a new material type of cast timber bronze.

Chartrons Gym / Atelier d’Architecture Baudin & Limouzin + La Nouvelle Agence


Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Baudin & Limouzin, La Nouvelle Agence / Aït‐Mehdi Samira, Latizeau Sylvain
Location: Bordeaux,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2.117 sqm
Photographs: LNA

M3/KG / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

© Ryota Atarashi

Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
Location: Meguro, Tokyo,
Site area: 177.27 sqm
Building area: 106.33 sqm
Total floor area: 259.72 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Ryota Atarashi & Satoshi Asakawa

House in Inokashira / Studio NOA

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Architects: Studio NOA Architect & Associates
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 86 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

Single Family House / ninkipen!

© Hiroki Kawata

Architect: ninkipen!
Location: , Japan
Project Area: 80.84 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge / Helen & Hard

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Architects: Helen & Hard
Location: Strand,
Client: Stavanger Trekking Association
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,260 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard

The new Pulpit Rock mountain lodge, the winning design competition entry in 2004, accommodates twenty-eight guest rooms, a café, a restaurant and a conference room. The lodge is situated at the trail-head leading up to The Pulpit Rock, the sheer cliff cantilevering over the Lysefjord.

Layered House / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Courtesy of Jun Igarashi Architects

Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 202.26 sqm
Photographs: Jun Igarashi Architects

Classroom Extension and Sports Hall / Zwimpfer Partner Architekten + Berrel Berrel Kräutler Architekten

© Johannes Marburger

Architects: Berrel Berrel Krautler, Zwimpfer Partner Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Eik Frenzel, Johannes Marburger

House of Trough / Jun Igarashi Architects


Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 98.44 sqm
Photographs: Jun Igarashi Architects

Signal Barn / Jun Igarashi Architects

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Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Japan
Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 26.47 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Jun Igarashi Architects

Estoril House / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

© FG + SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Cape Schanck House / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: , Australia
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Courtesy of Wolveridge Architects

House Fregowerra / null8 Architektur

© Love Weber

Architects: null8 Architektur – Marc Bühler
Location: Rubigen,
Project area: 180 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Love Weber

Single Family House / Lucio Serpagli

© Olinto Malpeli

Architects: Lucio Serpagli
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Olinto Malpeli

Residence In Kishigawa / Mitsutomo Matsunami


Architects: Mitsutomo Matsunami
Location: Kishigawa,
Project area: 161,66 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Mitsutomo Matsunami