Thai Temple Built from One Million Recycled Glass Bottles

As amazing as it is, well over one million recycled glass bottles found a new life in this Thai Buddhist temple 380 miles North of Bangkhok.  

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles, Recycled Bottle temple, recycle bottle building, eco building, green building, recycled architecture, Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Via Yahoo/Inhabitat/NotCot

The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple, true to its nickname, “Wat Lan Kuad” or “Temple of Million Bottles” features glass bottles throughout the premises of the temple, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and yes – even the toilets. There’s an estimated 1.5 million recycled bottles built into the temple, and as you might have guessed, they are committed to recycling more. After all, the more bottles they get, the more buildings they are able to construct.

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles, Recycled Bottle temple, recycle bottle building, eco building, green building, recycled architecture, Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

The bottle-collection-turned-building started in 1984, when the monks used them to decorate their shelters. The shiny building material attracted more people to donate more bottles, until eventually they had enough to build the temple standing today. Bottle caps are also integrated as decorative mosaic murals. Going beyond use of glass as a sustainable building material, the bottle bricks don’t fade, let natural light into the space and are surprisingly easy to maintain. 

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles, Recycled Bottle temple, recycle bottle building, eco building, green building, recycled architecture, Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles, Recycled Bottle temple, recycle bottle building, eco building, green building, recycled architecture, Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles, Recycled Bottle temple, recycle bottle building, eco building, green building, recycled architecture, Temple of a Million Bottles, Sustainable Building, Recyclable Building Materials, Bottle Bricks, Wat Pa Maha Chiei Kaew

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s