Paper building somehow avoids turning into a soggy mess

Paper isn't the first thing that comes to mind when looking for sturdy construction materials, but that didn't stop German architects Ben and Daniel Dratz from designing this building made from 550 bales of bound recycled paper.

The brothers say that they hit on the idea of using recycled paper, after passing a paper recycling facility where the compressed bales sitting outside seemed unaffected by the rain. They claim that even though the paper is completely untreated, the bales absorb very little water and dry quickly in the sun.

The 2,000 square foot office space in Essen Germany has already withstood heavy wind and rain, and while it was designed to be a temporary structure, the brothers want to keep it up to see how it lasts.

During their initial experiments using the paper bales, the brothers found that they could stack them as high as 100 feet safely. Still, I'm not sure if I'd be happy about working in the 9th floor of a paper building. Heck, even the first of the Three Little Pigs went with straw over paper, and we know what happened to him.

Inhabitat, via Treehugger

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