junkitecture

Now this is a fine example of junkitecture — junk used as building material: License plates repurposed as shingles. 

Built by Dan Phillips of Phoenix Commotion (mentioned in our post on the two-story, Houston-area office building constructed from salvaged material):

When folks return license plates for new ones at the tax office, Dan asks the office to save them for him. They make a dandy roof — reflective, which is a big deal in the Texas summer sun. The beefy galvanized metal yields a 75-year roof.

(via Phoenix Commotion)

See also: Earlier Unconsumption posts on aluminum cans and vinyl records used as roofing material, and posts on other uses for license plates.

Check those beastly massive #vintage #scales the place is a bit of a building site but come the end of the week we should be finished! So excited!

#buildyourowncafe #cafe #interior #design #repurposed #recycle #wood #blackboardwall #Coffee #gaeliccafe #gaelic #treemendusglasgow #chairs #Junkitecture #deargreencoffee #upcycle

Among our posts on junkitecture are several on Dan Phillips, owner of Huntsville, Texas-based Phoenix Commotion, a business that specializes in building small, affordable houses from salvaged materials. 

Now Dan (pictured above right) has completed a larger project: a two-story office building in north Houston for a recycling company. Naturally, the building’s constructed from a variety of reclaimed/repurposed materials, including pieces of scrap stone and wood, old street and traffic signs, and CDs, among other items.

Thanks to Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Gray, here’s a great write-up on the project:

From the freeway these days, the first thing you see is the junk-filled mural on the office building’s back. … "T.J. Burdett & Sons Recycling" is spelled out in bits of metal flotsam and jetsam fished from the recycling yard - lots of hubcaps, lots of rust, lots of attitude.

Inside, the building’s walls are straight, but even so, you feel vertigo; there’s too much to look at. The front door leads into a soaring two-story space, its ceiling covered in iridescent CDs; it’s what a disco ball must look like from the inside. The floors, a mosaic made of scrap marble and granite, include a big Texas lone star; more pieces of scrap marble and granite are stacked to form the wall between the main room and the offices. The wall behind the main room’s coffee bar is covered in wide strips from an old T.J. Burdett & Sons sign, one rendered useless when Huntsville’s area code changed. Burdett’s dad had always thought they’d find a use for it.

The little bathroom’s sink is made from a cattle watering basin; an old saxophone, mounted on the wall, dispenses soap. The walls of Bob’s office are covered in old car radiators, fished out of the salvage yard. The radiators have the unexpected benefit of absorbing sound; in that office, you don’t hear the heavy machines rumbling outside. Hood ornaments serve as doorknobs.

Read the rest and see additional photos: Two-story office building made from junk is home to recycling business - Houston Chronicle

(Photo credit: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

From The $200 Microhouse - NYTimes.com:

Derek Diedricksen makes “playful micro-shelters out of junk” in the backyard of his home in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

"At about 24 square feet, the Gypsy Junker [pictured above], made primarily out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and a neighbor’s discarded kitchen cabinets, is the largest of Mr. Diedricksen’s backyard structures."

"Sawed-off yellow, blue and green wine bottle bottoms make for a colorful lower-level window in the guest area, and there is a heating unit with an exterior vent built from a frying-pan base, with a broken brass cymbal that serves as a heat reflector." The exterior counter is the side of an old front-loading washing machine. (He used the washing machine’s porthole-like window in another structure made from salvaged materials.)

"Mr. Diedricksen makes a living doing carpentry and spends a lot of time as Mr. Mom to his two young children, but he has also been a comic book writer, a D.J. and a home inspector, and is a drummer in a Rage Against the Machine tribute band called Age Against the Machine."

Read the rest of The New York Times story, and view a slideshow of Diedricksen’s various cabins, here.

His video of the Gypsy Junker is here.

Junkitecture. Palletecture. Charming.

(hat tip to Naomi Seldin, @SimplerLiving on Twitter)

A Theatre Made From Junk

"This project reverses the normal processes of our economy. Here we are turning waste into functional products. We take something worthless and make something of worth out of it."

Via PSFK and TreeHugger

Related: The Guardian’s Jonathan Glancey’s take on “junkitecture”

Earlier post about Palettenpavillion