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Upcycle House in Denmark by Lendager Arkitekter


Located in Nyborg, Denmark, Upcycle House is a project designed by Danish architectural practice Lendager Arkitekter. Completed in 2013, the contemporary single-family home boasts many eco-friendly and sustainable features.

This experimental project by Realdania Byg, a Danish foundation that promotes good practice in the building sector has developed and constructed this house with the architects by exposing potential carbon-emission reductions through the use of recycled and upcycled building materials. In the case of Upcycle House, the reduction has been 86 per cent compared to a benchmark house.


Upcycling is the process of converting waste-materials or waste products into new materials or products of higher quality resulting in a reduction in production and therefore CO2-emissions.


According to the architects: “The contemporary house is built of processed recycled materials and Upcycle House investigates how much it’s actually possible to reduce CO2 footprint by using upcycled materials.

“The load bearing structure consists of two prefabricated shipping containers, while the roof and facade cladding is made from recycled aluminium soda-cans. Facade panels, consist of post-consumer recycled granulated paper, which is pressed together and heat-treated. The kitchen floor is clad in tiled champagne cork-leftovers, and the bath tiles are made from recycled glass.

“Walls and floors are covered with OSB-panels consisting of wood-chips that are bi-products of various production sites, pressed together without glue. The recycled materials are not very visible and the house does not radiate a recycled look – The modern house looks and functions like a contemporary house built of conventional materials.

“We initially thought that a reduction of 65 per cent CO2 was unrealistic, but when we ran the ‘life cycle assessment’ on all materials throughout the entire project, it turned out that we had reduced the CO2 emissions associated with construction with 86 per cent, compared to a benchmark house,” said architect Anders Lendager.

“With that in mind, we are surprised that no one else is working on this. Why is it not included in everything we do as architects? Why is it not included in the building code that a certain percentage of building materials have to be recycled?,” he adds.

Images courtesy of Jesper Ray


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March 31, 2014 | Property | View comments

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