13 houses from strange building materials
Houses are different. And if one of us is looking for more expensive, yes more chic, then some decide to build a house themselves ... and from scrap materials. Unfortunately, many people do it not just from a whim, but because they cannot afford a full-fledged housing for some reason. In any case, all these houses are rather unusual and all, without exception, are built of unusual building materials.
1. Copy of the oldest coffee shop in Nivelles, Belgium. Only this store is made from 14,000 cases of Carlsberg beer. Construction began in August 2007 in an attempt to set a new world record for the largest building of beer crates. (Rex Features)
2. In 2009, Top Gear, James May, and about 1000 volunteers built the first full Lego house in the world in Surrey. The construction took 3.3 million plastic bricks. The house has a toilet and shower. (Rex Features)
3. A Chinese worker built this unusual “egg” house because he could not afford to rent an apartment in Beijing. This booth is made of bamboo sticks, seed bags and wooden sawdust. The house stands in the courtyard of a residential complex. (Rex Features)
four.Artist Tito Ingenieri from Argentina built a house of more than 30 thousand bottles. (Rex Features)
5. One Palestinian in southern Gaza built a house of sandbags. He used sand instead of cement, steel and gravel, because there was not enough building materials. (Rex Features)
6. And here is the grass house on the Hardangervidda Plateau in Norway. (Rex Features)
7. This Nissen hut, originally built as a barracks for soldiers of the Second World War, turned into a modern home thanks to the skill and invention of Ann Lewis and her husband. In October 2006, the house was put up for sale for nearly £ 500,000. (Rex Features)
8. This house was built almost entirely of garbage, including used car tires. (Rex Features)
9. Porcelain Museum "Chinese House" in the coastal town of Tianjin is covered with millions of pieces of antique porcelain and 20 tons of crystal. The construction took five years. (AFP / Getty Images)
10. Corridor in an ice hotel in Sweden - the first ice hotel in the world. The temperature in the rooms is -5ºС. (AFP / Getty)
11. The “container city” in east London is an old cargo container that has been turned into residential space, including studios for artists. With the help of such equipment, the construction company Urban Space Management has created more than 15 such houses. (Eleanor Bentall)
12.76-year-old Maria Pons on the background of her house, made of plastic bottles, in the village of El Borbollon, in 2007. She built a bottle house because she could not afford to buy more comfortable housing. (AFP / Getty)
13. Caroline Barry built a house of bales of straw, lumber and plastic bottles. The house is non-electrified, all power comes from solar panels, a hydro turbine and a wind turbine.