Talk about the ultimate recycling program…
Builders in the Egyptian capital of Cairo are turning trash into new homes.
Specifically, they’re using all manner of discarded or leftover materials – including wood, cement, bricks, plastic bottles, and even old car tires.
The man behind the project is Timur al-Hadidi, who’s bought up land in a Cairo suburb and is creating eco-friendly homes.
He explains the thinking behind the idea: “We’ve moved on from traditional design. We’ve found very good workers and excellent builders who help us build using any materials we find. So we look for different materials and use them to try to build something new, not knowing how it will end up and not knowing if it’s right or wrong.”
Well, given the results, it looks like it works.
One property already completed is a two-bedroom house that consists of 3,000 plastic bottles and driftwood, with cement to strengthen the structure.
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Al-Hadidi says that not only are these “recycled houses” environmentally friendly, they also offer homebuyers more choice: “With recycling, everyone can pick what they like. If you decide to buy a house in a compound worth millions or hundreds of thousands and you can cope with that price, then fine. But you can also get cheap material to build with and have a really nice house that no one else in the world has.”
Now, in most cases, there would be a premium to pay for having something unique (think a customized car or fine art, for example)… but not in this case.
Just because a home is made from cheap, leftover materials, it doesn’t mean the end product has to be cheap.
The latest home under construction has three bedrooms, an underground theater, and a swimming pool. It’s due for completion this year.