1.5 Million Bottles Used to Build It!
A building some are calling “the world’s first plastic bottle built structure” has been unveiled in Taiwan. This amazing building, dubbed the EcoARK, was constructed using a whopping 1.5 million PET bottles to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. Standing three-stories tall, the EcoARK features an amphitheater, an exhibition hall, and a screen of falling water collected during rainy periods for use as air conditioning. The designers tout the building as being “the world’s lightest, movable, breathable environmental miracle,” yet insist it’s strong enough to handle typhoons and earthquakes–but it’s sure have recycling enthusiasts blown away.
According to The China Post, the EcoARK was commissioned three years ago by the Taiwan-based Far Eastern Group at a price tag of around US$3 million, based on the three goals of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” The company will donate the green structure to the city next month, where it will be use as exhibition hall during the 2010 Taipei Int’l Flora Expo in November.