Brazilian Houses: 10 Residences Using Recycled Materials

Brazilian Houses: 10 Residences Using Recycled Materials

According to a survey by the Brazilian Association for Recycling of Construction and Demolition Waste (ABRECON), there has been an increase in the recycling of construction and demolition waste (C&D) in Brazil in recent years. According to the 2015 report, 21% of the total C&D was recycled in the country that year, while in 2013 the rate was 19%.

The outlook is promising but not yet ideal, and the growth of recycled C&D materials is still considered small. In Brazil, construction waste can represent between 50% and 70% of the total municipal solid waste. This means, we still need to advocate for a more common practice of material recycling and reuse in architecture, especially in Brazil.

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Timber, containers, and roof tiles are only a few of the materials that can be used for different purposes in architectural projects. Apart from construction and demolition waste, it is even possible to incorporate materials that are not specifically related to construction. An article published in ArchDaily shows a few examples of buildings all over the world with facades using the most unusual recycled materials.

We have gathered ten projects of Brazilian houses that employ recycled materials - many of which do not even look like they have been recycled at first sight.

Casa na Mata / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

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Casa na Mata / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS. Image: © João Nitsche

Hanging House / Casa Container Marília

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Hanging House / Casa Container Marília. Image: © Celso Mellani

Flamboyant Residence / Perkins+Will

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Flamboyant Residence / Perkins+Will. Image: © Nelson Kon

Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de Arquitetura

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Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de Arquitetura. Image: © André Nazareth

BF House / Daniel Fromer

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BF House / Daniel Fromer. Image: © Evelyn Müller

RD Conteiner House / KS arquitetos (in Portuguese)

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RD Conteiner House / KS arquitetos. Image: © Marcelo Donadussi

House in Samambaia / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura

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House in Samambaia / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura. Image: © André Nazareth

Michelle House / Yuri Vasconcelos Arquitetura (in Portuguese)

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Michelle House / Yuri Vasconcelos Arquitetura. Image: © Alexandre Santos Lima

Sustainable House / Deborah Roig (in Portuguese)

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Sustainable House / Deborah Roig. Image: © Marco Antonio

Granja Viana Container House / Container Box (in Portuguese)

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Granja Viana Container House / Container Box. Image: © Plínio Dondon

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 18, 2020, and updated on May 6, 2022

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Cite: Moreira, Susanna. "Brazilian Houses: 10 Residences Using Recycled Materials" [Casas brasileiras: 10 residências com materiais reciclados] 04 Dec 2022. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/949623/brazilian-houses-10-residences-using-recycled-materials> ISSN 0719-8884

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