Ok. A confession. I’ve got pretty into this upcycling thing. It really is just quite amazing what you can achieve with ingenuity, inspiration and hard work. I love the idea that this is all you need, that its not about necessarily about thinking bigger, it is about thinking differently. Seeing things not as waste but as material. Seeing not rubbish but opportunity, and having a vision and making it happen. For instance, seeing bottles not as this:
But as the potential for this:
That’s right. That is a house made of old bottles. Old bottles and cement. That is pretty bloody impressive.
This is the creation of Canadian Édouard T. Arsenault, a potential godfather of the upcycling revolution, who began using old bottles as a building material way back in the 80’s (when he himself was already in his 60’s) after his daughter sent him a picture of the incredible ‘Glass House’ of British Columbia:
Édouard was somewhat taken with the idea and got to collecting bottles from his local community in Canada. He eventually had enough to begin construction on his first house: a six gabled structure with three main areas that measured 20 feet by 14 feet. He was creative and intelligent with the layout of the colours and sizes of the bottles and ended up with beautiful patterns and light effects:
He used approximately 12000 bottles and 85 bags of cement in this first project, and followed it with a glass bottle tavern and a glass bottle chapel. His creations where beautiful and imaginative. He must be remembered by all who want to follow, however vaguely, in his foot steps.
What a guy.
A step to far?
Another that caught my eye this week may not be much of a long term solution, but it undeniably looks fun, and is a whole new spin on the term ‘dumpster diving’:
That is right. Some brilliant kids somewhere around this little nation of ours noticed a seemingly abandoned skip outside their front door and saw an opportunity. They cleaned it, lined it and filled it. They ended up with their own little swimming pool! Whilst this is more of a bit of fun it is still a very impressive piece of upcycling. If you want an actual pool however I’d get in touch with some professionals (I once worked with Paramount Pools myself, they did a sterling job!) But never the less, well done kids!
More to come!
My fascination with this whole thing does not seem likely to end here so watch out for plenty more upcycling stuff from Dean Doll’s House design. It is going to be good!