House of Beer: fishing fan builds lakeside eco-house from recycled booze bottles
An eco-minded fishing fanatic has built a lakeside home for fishermen constructed almost entirely from empty bottles of beer and wine.
Restaurant owner Grzegorz Schabiński from Jasło in Podkarpacie, decided to give a new lease of life to his customers’ empties by building a bizarre glass house on the edge of a lake commonly used by local fishermen.
The 4 x 5 metre building has a fully-functional bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and dining room, the walls of which are all lined with rows of recycled glass bottles.
“We decided to give the bottles a fresh start whilst also promoting the environment,” says Schabiński. “Glass is a material that has been known to man for 4,500 years, yet we rarely take much notice of it nowadays. It’s a pity.”
He added that the name of the house, ‘KARP’, was a no-brainer.
“It couldn’t have been any other way,” he says. “The house is right next to a fishing lake known for its carp. We feed the fish, take care of them and then release them back into the water after catching them.
“Our eco glass house is an ideal addition to the place.”
To mark this community effort, not to mention to celebrate what has now been recognized as the first glass house in Podkarpacie, residents were encouraged to write messages on the bottles that they donated.
But while the project is the first house made of bottles in the Podkarpackie region, it is not the first Polish dwelling to be constructed from recycled materials. Built completely from unwanted waste – mainly car tyres – the first Polish house of this kind was the Earthship located in the small village of Mierzeszyn near Gdańsk.