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10 Homes Made of the Darndest Things

Green buildings come in many shapes and sizes—including recycled shipping containers, airplanes and treehouses.



The Tortoise Market is a small, organic convenience store located in the Greater World Community of Earthship buildings.
Photo By Kirsten Jacobsen
Infiniski, a design, architecture and construction firm with offices in Madrid and Chile, artfully combines used train rails; recycled aluminum, iron and wood; and repurposed pallets to create mod structures with a hip sensibility.
Photo By Antonio Corcuera
Free Spirit Spheres, "treehouses for adults," are handmade from local wood and suspended from the tree canopy in the rainforest of Canada's Vancouver Island.
Photo By Mallory Owen
Holy men in Sisaket province collected 1 million green Heineken and brown Chang beer bottles for their Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple, which is replete with washrooms and a crematorium.
Photo By Mark Fischer
ecc Architects, a Utrecht-based firm, renovated the historic Saint Jakobus Church with respect for the original design and an eye for modern tastes. Original interior features such as the 46-foot tall nave and stained glass windows dating to 1911 are juxtaposed with contemporary art and furnishings.
Photo By Frank Hanswijk
Britain’s Blue Forest builds gorgeous treehouses for play, shelter and gardens, using sustainably sourced wood, traditional water-reed thatch roofs and hand-split shingles.
Photo Courtesy Blue Forest
Made of more than 85,000 rolled up newspapers, the Newspaper House was an art installation created by Sumer Erek in London’s Gillet Square in 2008.
Photo By Sumer Erek
The Barn House, designed by Belgian architectural and planning firm Buro II & Arch I+I, combines old materials with new design sensibilities such as ample daylighting and sweeping views of the picturesque rural landscape.
Photo By Kris Vandamme
Hotel Costa Verde, a two-bedroom hotel crafted from a renovated Boeing 727, is perched on a 50-foot pedestal and offers stunning ocean and jungle views.
Photo By Vincent Costello
In the 1920s, Southern California architect and recycler Miles Kellogg built two distinctive homes in the shape of boats out of bits of material he found locally.
Photo By Tom Harnish





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