5 Recycled Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind

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Raising buildings out of two-by-fours and bricks is so last decade.

Okay, okay, we admit that the majority of structures nowadays are still built using age-old materials and techniques. But every once in a while, someone comes along and knocks our socks off with a bold eco-friendly build that’s too good not to share. Feast your eyes on these shrines to architectural upcycling:

Grain Silo Bed & Breakfast. Photo Abbey Road Farm

Grain Silo Bed & Breakfast. Photo Abbey Road Farm

Grain silo bed & breakfast


Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast has all the ingredients of a great low-key getaway: It sits on 82 lush, green acres, is fully stocked with luxurious linens and comfortable chairs for reading and cuddling and even has Jacuzzi tubs. Did we also mention that it’s built using huge, re-purposed corn silos?

The Carlton, Ore. bed and breakfast features five circular suites with a lobby and parlor and boasts concrete floors with radiant heat and foam insulation in the walls that render the inn’s utility bills practically non-existent.

Read more about the grain silo bed and breakfast

exterior London Water Tower

Photo courtesy of Londonwatertower.com

Water tower townhouse

The best part about this outrageous water tower townhouse is that you can actually rent it.


The West London water tower home is owned by British furniture designer Tom Dixon, who purchased the 60-foot water tower and the surrounding land in 2005. It’s outfitted to meet strict eco-friendly standards, offers amazing views of a world-class city and, most amazingly, is available for rent on Airbnb.

Find out more about the townhouse and how to rent it

Photo courtesy of Amazing Venues

Photo courtesy of Amazing Venues

Sea fort resort

Upcyling out-of-use structures for modern day needs is nothing new. But when we saw this design-centric repurposing of a decommissioned British sea fort, we knew we had to get a closer look.

Located one mile outside Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, England, the mid-Victorian Spitbank Fort sat vacant for decades until it was reborn as a luxury island destination that’s making headlines in the U.K. and beyond.


Get an up-close view of this amazing reuse project

Junked jet estate

A home in the remote hills of Malibu, Calif. was built using an unconventional waste material; an old Boeing 747 aircraft.

Aptly named “Wing House,” the home uses both of the plane’s wings for the majority of its roof, while the tail section’s two stabilizers make up the roof for the master bedroom.

Other buildings are planned for the 55-acre property, and architect David Hertz intends to use every part of the 747 in their design. An art studio, guest house and animal barn will be fashioned out of pieces of the plane’s fuselage, and a meditation pavilion will be constructed using the entire front of the airplane, with the cockpit windows forming a skylight.

Photo courtesy of Natgeotv.com

Photo courtesy of Natgeotv.com

Plastic bottle exhibition hall


The innovative and very impressive EcoARK in Taiwan is a monument to recycling.

The three-story tall building, complete with an amphitheater and exhibition hall, was constructed using 1.5 million plastic bottles. Embedded solar power helps to run the building’s magnificent LED light displays at night.

Feature image courtesy of Amazing Venues

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