Collection by Jaime Gillin

A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands


In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers Superuse Studios have built a house almost entirely out of locally-sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. Here's a look at how junk became innovative design.

Villa Welpeloo in Enschede, the Netherlands, doesn't look like a recycled building.
One of the original cable reels.
The facade is clad with 600 recycled cable reels.
The cabinetry in the kitchen and elsewhere is crafted from discarded, chopped-up billboards.
Looking for a creative way to light Blans's painting collection, the architects collected old, broken umbrellas from...
A detail of the original umbrella frame that was repurposed.