Designer Covers Mountain House with Recycled Tin Cans in Patagonia


Photos: Manuel Rapoport.

Here's a proof that you can always go further if you're really fanatic about recycling. Also proof that some materials can look great in very unexpected places.

Argentine industrial designer Manuel Rapoport decided to cover his house in Bariloche, Patagonia, with tin cans from dry milk and tomato sauce. He also used whisky and cognac bottles to create bricks for small skylights and windows.

Check out how he did it, with many pics, in the extended.How to Turn Tin Cans into a House

When Argentine industrial designer Manuel Rapoport had twins, he found himself buried in tin cans from dry milk. After thinking they were a too noble material to throw away, he came up with the idea to use them as tiles for the house he was building for his family.

Of course the babies didn't drink as much dry mil as to cover the entire house on cans, so Rapoport went to knock restaurants doors to search for large tomato cans. He ended up buying 800 of them, keeping the cans from ending up in a landfill.


The truck full of cans.

The cans were turned into sheets, which were afterwards attached to the house's outside surface. The covering took only two weeks to finish, and they've been installed for years now. "They've acted as perfect shield from water and wind. The sun has degraded the thin plastic layer from the surface and they've began to rust a little, which I love. But soon I'll have to use a cover for the process of rusting to stop and not break the metal."


The can flattened into a sheet.

Besides the cans, Rapoport recycled yet another material in the house: alcohol bottles coming from the many night clubs in Bariloche (a city famous for receiving student end-of-course trips). The bottles were cut in two and glued together, used as thermic-isolating bricks for small skylights and windows.


The bottles turned into a brick.

The small window with glass bricks.

And this is the resulting home now. Even if from a close look they look a little rough, the overall look is really different from anything else and cool. The sun of course creates a shiny effect on the walls and when it snows, the contrast with the snow is beautiful.

More pics:


A view of the wall.

The house from the floor.

A whole look of the house in the sun.

Apart from having built this house, Rapoport has a design studio called Disegno Patagonia, which also works with sustainability concepts. Some of his products can be found at Fabro.

Disegno Patagonia

Via Disenio Sustentable
More Interesting Ways of Recycling Tin Cans:
Tin Cans into Flatware
Tin Cans into Chairs
Wall Storage from Tin Cans

Tags: Architecture | Argentina | Recycled Building Materials | Upcycling

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