It's not too uncommon to see paper recycled into things like jewelry, wallpaper or even furniture. But it's a bit surprising to see a seemingly flimsy material being used exclusively in a building that actually withstood hard rain and high winds, like this 2,045 square foot temporary workspace in Essen, Germany that's made with 550 bales of recycled paper.
The moment of initial inspiration came by chance, says Daniel on Inhabitat:
Rather unexpectedly, we passed by a recycling station and saw these bales of used paper. We were fascinated by the structural variety and by the fragments of compressed information – like traces of society. Later we discovered that these bales could be layered and stacked to form monolithic walls, and we recognized the potential for architectural projects.
Admittedly, it's not the most photogenic of structures, but these recycled paper bales can also apparently be stacked up to 100 feet high, which has led the brothers to conclude that with more research, there is plenty of potential for recycled paper bales to be used in more permanent and challenging applications in the future. More over at Dratz&Dratz Architekten (in German).