What happens when an environmental designer meets the Vegas Strip? The world’s largest building made of recycled beer bottles, of course.
The Morrow Royal Pavilion in Henderson, Nevada was designed by Realm of Design owner Scott McCombs using over 500,000 discarded beer bottles from the casinos on the Vegas strip that were crushed into a material he calls GreenStone.
McCombs came up with the idea to make the company's 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility after seeing how many bottles were being tossed from these hotels and headed for the landfill. "He knew he needed to create something that could utilize the glass and save landfill space. And being in Vegas... he knew he had to do something big,” Carla DiBlasi, who works for the company told the Huffington Post.
Most of the work was done by hand and took well over a year to complete. And though this project was completed last year, it was just featured at the 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. And we can see why. The building's architecture is truly a breathtaking replica of the English castle Swarkestone Manor. And according to Inhabitat, it has prevented thousands of bottles from heading to the junk yard and saved an estimated 400,000 cubic yards in landfill space or approximately eight football fields.
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