The WasteHouse

The world's first domestic dwelling with full building approval and permission made almost entirely from the stuff other people throw away.

We engaged with this pioneering and award winning building through the steering group and design development process. The WasteHouse project was led by Architect Duncan Baker-Brown, waste guru and Freegle founder Cat Fletcher and we collaborated on the creation of a community engagement and material reuse project - right up our street!

Interior of the WasteHouse

We helped develop and install aspects of the interior that celebrate our collective research and reveal the different creative use of waste streams from around the city.

Waste materials library

Nick and Tanya installed a library of re-appropriated and alternative waste materials to the library which is an ongoing archive of the many materials developed through our collective research.

Rammed chalk wall

This beautiful wall was created from chalk excavated from the creation of foundations for other houses - otherwise destined for landfill.

Exterior oyster shell and rubble tile installation

Oyster shell and brick rubble tile

These newer installations form part of an Interreg project Nick, Duncan and Ryan Woodard are undertaking in collaboration with french and UK partners and Ben Bosence from Local Works Studio. This is exploring the vernacular language and performance capabilities of locally sourced 'waste' materials in the build environment.

In-line with our research strands into both the physical and cultural value of waste, we are interested in how these materials may raise the aspirational and aesthetic value of social housing through the creative use of idiosyncratic, local waste streams.

The building explores both social and material fabric of the 'circular-city'.

Green MP Caroline Lucas with visiting children

Interior table from waste veneers

in collaboration with Malcolm Jordan