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How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 21 Notable Examples

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With the aim of supporting architects to become active agents of sustainable design, this week we present a selection of facades that incorporate different recycled materials. Beyond the typical uses of plastic and glass, in this article, you will find innovative materials such as mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs, and recycled waste from agricultural and industrial products. A look at 21 remarkable projects using recycled materials to create an attractive facade.

LOT-EK: “The Shipping Container Is a Vehicle to Invent New Architecture”

Shipping containers, once a darling of architectural upcycling, have received a lot of criticism recently, as architects are beginning to recognize that their perceived advantages—ready-made habitable space and structure, and an opportunity to recycle a widely available material—are based in little more than hopeful PR spin. But for one of the most prominent practices which regularly uses shipping containers in their work, LOT-EK, the attraction of these architectural ready-mades always went beyond the ecological and practical rationalizations provided by others. In this interview at the firm's New York studio, part of Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, LOT-EK founders Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano discuss the conceptual foundations of their fascination with shipping container architecture.

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Carroll House / LOT-EK

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Brooklyn, United States
  • Architects: LOT-EK ; Design: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano; Principals, Virginie Stolz; Project Architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Irving Place Carriage House / LOT-EK

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  • Architects: LOT-EK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Agape, Bosch, Gaggenau, matt ganon studio LA, wendell castle

Whitney Studio / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

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