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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.

Upcycle House 2

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.

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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.

Upcycle House 5

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.