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.
Dratz&Dratz Architekten were commissioned to design and construct a new building on an old mining locale (incidentally also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The brothers experimented with large bales of compressed, recycled paper taken from neighbourhood grocery stores which were then stacked to create an unexpectedly well-insulated structure that dried quickly in the sun despite several days of rain.
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.Dratz&Dratz Architekten (in German).