Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Heineken Bottle Brick

It's too bad this never caught on.

Mr. Heineken’s idea came after a visit to the Caribbean where he saw two problems: beaches littered with bottles and a lack of affordable building materials. The WOBO became his vision to solve both the recycling and housing challenges that he had witnessed on the islands.

The final WOBO design came in two sizes - 350 and 500 mm versions that were meant to lay horizontally, interlock and layout in the same manner as ‘brick and mortar’ construction. One production run in 1963 yielded 100,000 bottles some of which were used to build a small shed on Mr. Heineken’s estate in Noordwijk, Netherlands. One of the construction challenges “was to find a way in which corners and openings could be made without cutting bottles,” said Mr. Habraken.

I knew guys in college that made virtually all of the furniture in their apartments out of cases of returnable Leinie's bottles. They'd have switched brands for bottle bricks and then they'd have built an addition onto their apartment.

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