Houses Made of Recycled Materials

Frustrated with the existing home construction system, New Mexico architect Mike Reynolds decided to specialize in houses made of recycled materials.



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An aerial view shows the west side of the building. INSET: New Mexico architect Mike Reynolds.
PHOTO: STEVE WINSTON/MIKE REYNOLDS
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Mike Reynolds supervising the construction site.
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Gobel’s house is being constructed of double layers of aluminum cans.
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Two large solar collectors serve as the primary heating system.
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The lightweight containers involved in can construction lend themselves to easy working. 
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The Gobel construction has already made use of some 125,000 containers.
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Reynolds builds walls of bottles and cans with bottoms exposed for a decorative effect. 
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A unique fireplace provides backup heating.
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