Two shipping containers are the foundation for a single-family home made almost entirely of reclaimed post-consumer materials. Imaginative reuse of waste products like aluminum soda cans, champagne corks and recycled glass have helped lower the Upcycle House’s carbon emissions by 86% compared to the average home.
Lendager Arkitekter of Denmark teamed up with Realdania Byg, a foundation that promotes innovation and good practice in architecture, to build a house that uses as many post-consumer waste materials as possible.
Textural reclaimed materials contrast with white surfaces on the interior, including cork tile floors, bath tiles made of recycled glass and wall panels consisting of wood chips that are by-products of various processes and pressed together without glue. Facade panels made of pressed and heat-treated post-consumer granulated papers cover the exterior walls, along with recycled tin.
The house is a showcase of sustainable building principles with passive solar energy, natural ventilation, smart use of daylight and thermal mass in the form of a greenhouse clad in recycled bricks.