Category Archives: Tree Hugger

Floating House!

The Autark Home (designed by Pieter Kromwijk) gives new meaning to owning a home on the water. The Autark is literally ON the water; it’s a floating house. Completely solar powered, this home is super energy efficient AND it’s beautiful in the inside and out.
(photos from Tree Hugger)

210 Square Feet!

Who knew that 210 square feet could pack so much into it?! The Box (designed by Ralph Erskine) lives in Sweden and fits a full size bed, kitchen area, bathroom, living room and fireplace all in it’s 210 square foot frame. Ralph originally built The Box back in 1941 and he and his family lived in it for 4 years. In 1989, the home was reconstructed and donated to an Architecture Museum in Sweden. We can all take some cues from this old design and Ralph Erskine and make the most of smaller spaces.
(Thanks Tree Hugger for the article and photos from AT Casa)


"Trashy" Construction!!

A home with glass bottle walls? A house with an exterior covered in old bottle caps? 5,000 glass bottles, 30,000 bottle caps, 1.5 million plastic bottles?! People all over the world are taking what would usually wind up in their landfills or waterways and using them to build walls, homes for families or simply giving the outside of their house a seriously colorful facelift! See what I mean….

 Olga Kostina of Russia has collected THOUSANDS of bottle caps over the years that she hammers one by one to the outside of her home to create colorful patterns and even some animal pictures. She is amazing!! 
(photos from Tree Hugger)
 A close-up if the individually hammered caps.

Olga Kostina
 Men in Nigeria are using old plastic bottles filled with dry soil to build 3 room structures for families. 
(photos from Tree Hugger)

 A recycled soup-can pavilion in Bat-Yam, Israel serves as art and a seating spot. 
(photos from Recyclart)
 Another Olga of Russia, Olga Queen, spent 6 months collecting the glass bottles to use as the walls for her home! Incredible. 
(photos from Tree Hugger)
Olga Queen
 The EcoARK in Taiwan was constructed using 1.5 MILLION plastic bottles!!! Yes, you read that correctly.
(photos from Tree Hugger)