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Incredible structures made from recycled materials

November 14, 2013 08:27 IST

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As our resources deplete, some environmentally conscious people around the world are using trash and converting it to treasure.

Artists and designers around the world have found all kinds of creative ways to give discarded and existing materials new life.

Let’s take a look at 10 such structures made out of recycles materials such as discarded bottles, old washing machines, machinery, and thrown away windows.

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Image: The Thai Buddhist temple has found an environmentally friendly way to utilize discarded bottles to reach nirvana -- using them to build everything in its premises, from a crematorium to shelters and toilets.
Photographs: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
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Glass Bottle Temple

Saving the Earth can lead onto the path towards Nirvana. Here a monk points to a wall of the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple, built with more than a million glass bottles, in Thailand's Sisaket province.

The Thai Buddhist temple is entirely built of discarded bottles and includes a crematorium, shelters and toilets.

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Space Station or Espressobar?

It doesn't look like it's from this world, but the Miele space station has earthly roots: it is built of discarded washing machines. The module has been designed by the Dutch architects 2012Architecten.

Made of five individual parts, the station can be assembled anywhere for virtually any use. It has already served as an office, a music store, and an espresso bar.

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A Wind Power Playground

No materials are off limits for the creative minds of 2012Architecten - even the old blades of a wind turbine.

In 2008 they redesigned a children's playground as part of their Wikado project for the Dutch foundation Kinderparadijs Meidoorn. Five discarded blades were turned into a maze.

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Living in a Box

Old ship containers can become a new home. Potential buyers stand with an agent on the balcony of a three-bedroom home made from four old shipping containers in Sydney.

The two-storey mobile home also includes two bathrooms, timber floors, air-conditioning, a kitchen, laundry, balcony and sewage treatment tank.

Home owners also stay mobile, the house can be pulled apart in less than a day.

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Plastic Fantastic

Helton da Silva sits inside a house that he and 14 other slum children helped build out of 10,000 plastic soda bottles in 30 days time in the Piedade slum, north of Rio de Janeiro.

Plastic waste is the scourge of many mega cities and proper recycling facilities are often missing. Often, there is no functioning recycling system.

Celio Oliveira, who runs a bar next door, supervised the building of the house to give the children an educational activity and clean the Guanabara Bay of thousands of bottles.

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Washing Up Walls

The Recycloop project combines two resources that go well together: old sinks and water. The used sinks function both as decorative outer walls and a rainwater reservoir.

They can be assembled anywhere. And when the sun shines through the holes of the sinks, the inner walls are illuminated by dozens of small beams of sunlight.

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Duchi Shoe Shop I

Designed by 2012Architecten, this shoe shop in Scheveningen, Netherlands is almost entirely made of waste materials.

The curved shoe shelves are made of windscreens from a car model that went out of production. Windscreens from various other car models were used in other parts of the shop; the floor is made of recycled plastic.

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Duchi Shoe Shop II

The Duchi shoe fitting area is made of 1500 wood panels, waste material from a window maker in Rotterdam.

The panels now form a bench and several shelves. Shoes can be tested on an old conveyer belt from a local supermarket.

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That's Cilly!

Don't know where to put all your stuff? How about a bunch of old PVC cable reels, converted into a stylish modular storage system.

The Cilly modules devised by 2012Architecten can be assembled and arranged any way you want, to store anything from wine glasses to books and toys. One even houses stereo speakers.

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Window to the World

Designed by 2012Architechten for the foundation bkvb, this modular office is made of discarded window frames.

The frames now form a soundproof conference room with integrated plasma screens for viewing presentations. The module can be taken apart and assembled easily.

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