The Kaleva bottle house in Michigan

Most people have already realized that it is very important to recycle all kinds of materials because this way we can preserve the natural materials and reduce the tree cutting and also diminish the industrial process of manufacturing all these materials. So we do recycle – maybe not as much as we can, but it’s a start. Well, apparently there have always been innovative people who thought that recycling building materials for example was a lot cheaper and more efficient when building a house. So a man who lived in Kaleva, Michigan whose name was John J. Makinen, a Finnish immigrant had the brilliant idea to use empty beer bottles for building the walls of his house.

Well, he did have a bottle manufacturing company and I am sure that helped a lot in providing the building material. The house was built in 1941 and it has been there ever since, now visited by tourists all over the world. The idea proved amazingly efficient, as the empty bottles were perfect for insulation and the inside of the house was very well protected against cold weather. They just added the cement and the other materials and got their dream house.

Published by in Architecture, on December 28th, 2010


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