Scrap House


Teaming with Public Architecture, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders led an unprecedented collaboration between local architects, artists, and builders to construct this green demonstration home entirely out of salvaged/discarded materials. On one wall, stacked phonebooks provide both insulation and texture. Other walls were sheathed with everything from street signs to shower doors and fire hoses. The floor is tiled with leather scraps leftover from upholstery jobs. For landscaping, day-old flowers from local outlets surround the house in hundreds of tiny vases cut from garden hoses.

The ScrapHouse was built in conjunction with World Environment Day 2005 and illustrates the possibilities—as well as the challenges—of green building, recycling, and reuse.  The design is intentionally bold: an L-shaped layout, with a mezzanine-level bedroom, and a roof inverted like the wings of a butterfly which includes all the amenities of a traditional American home: a kitchen, a bathroom, two bedrooms, a deck, and beautifully landscaped yard.  

Size | 1500 SF
Photographer | Cesar Rubio
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Architect | Public Architecture