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Architects transform old plastic toys into sustainable home construction material: 'Plastic has managed to snake its way into almost every aspect of our daily lives'

It's a space that brings people together and sparks conversations.

It's a space that brings people together and sparks conversations.

Photo Credit: Wallmakers

Have you ever stepped on a Lego brick? Most of us are familiar with the pain — and the overall prevalence of plastic toys in our homes and landfills.

That's why the innovative architects at Wallmakers are on a mission to transform this plastic waste into sustainable housing solutions. Their clever designs turn environmental challenges into opportunities to create beautiful, functional homes, according to Design Boom.

The Toy Storey Residence in Vadakara, India, is a shining example. Situated in a town known for its high toy consumption, Wallmakers saw a chance to repurpose the mounds of discarded playthings. They integrated a whopping 6,200 old toys into the home's unique perforated facade.

But it's not just an artistic statement. The toy wall, a central courtyard, and earth-block construction allow for natural cooling. Imagine enjoying a comfortable home without blasting the AC — a win for your wallet and the planet.

By sourcing soil from the construction site, Wallmakers slashed the carbon cost of transporting materials. Recycled toys and clever engineering in the roof also reduced the use of resource-intensive steel and concrete. Even the flooring is made with natural oxide.

These savvy strategies minimize the building's pollution, making the Toy Storey Residence an inspiring model for low-carbon living. Just think — if more homes adopted such Earth-friendly techniques, we could take a big bite out of pollution.

The community-minded layout blurs the line between indoor and outdoor space. Welcoming verandas and airy, light-filled interiors invite neighbors to stop by for a visit. The home nurtures social connections while still offering cozy private areas for the residents.

It's a space that brings people together and sparks conversations — including curious kids trying to spot their old toys in the walls. Wallmakers often spots neighborhood children pointing out familiar playthings.

Looking ahead, the architects hope to continue leading the charge on repurposing plastic waste. "Plastic has managed to snake its way into almost every aspect of our daily lives," notes Wallmakers' lead architect, Vinu Daniel.

By intercepting those materials and steering them toward a useful new life, innovators like Wallmakers are building a better world — one plastic toy at a time. Their Toy Storey Residence showcases the immense potential in our everyday "junk" to create meaningful environmental change.

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