Earthship Bottle Walls from Glass Bottle Bricks – Bottle House & Heineken WOBO (World Bottle)

Earthship Bottle Walls from Glass Bottle Bricks – Bottle House & Heineken WOBO (World Bottle)


Bottle walls can provide light and beauty in your home beauty in your home. They can be a really stunning feature. The idea of building from beer bottles or wine
bottles is not a new idea. In the early part of the last century a guy called Tom Kelly built an entire house out of beer bottles, that he had taken from the bars in the Gold Rush
town of Rhyolite. Even Heineken got in on it. In the nineteen
sixties, Alfred Heineken saw the potential for a waste material, particually in the majority world, being available as a building block for peoples
homes, so he redesigned the round Heineken bottle into a square bottle, which he called the WOBO, The World Bottle The idea was advanced and then it was
killed off by the PR department, who probably feared the association of the brand with poverty and waste, but it was taken up big time by earthship designers in the seventies and on from there. We took the
idea for Brittney Goundhouse of using blue and white bottles for the bathroom wall and it’s stunning. What I am going to try and do now is show you how it is done. So we’re going to make bottle
bricks. The first thing to do is to get hold of some nice bottles, green, brown and clear bottles are relatively easy to get
hold of, you can get them anywhere. The real tip would be to try and get some blue bottles, which are really beautiful. The tips on that would be to look for Sapphire Gin and teen bottels. To make 1 bottle brick, you need two bottles. Take two bottles of the same size. You then measure up the side of the bottle, you decide how thick the wall is going to be and therefore, how thick your bottle brick is going to be You cut two bottles using a tile cutter and take the two cup
ends of the bottle and place them together and tap them with Gaffer tape and then you’ve got your bottle brick. The best tool we found for making bottle bricks, for cutting them, if actually a ceramic tile cutter. You can rotate the bottle around the blade of the tile cutter and then it just breaks away. You tape the two parts together and you have a bottle brick. Once you have actually made them, the bottle bricks, what you then need to do is just work out where they are going. It is good to design the wall beforehand, so you know where the colours are going. You start off with a base of old sand bricks or breezeblocks, you puddle it with mortar, we use Adobe, a type of mud mix, we were trying to use as little cement as possible, and then you lay your first course of bottles to your design, you in between the gaps and the you lay your second course of mortar, and again, just keep building up. You wan to keep using a spirit level, not level along the wall, but across it. This drawing shows how you can use a board of insulation, you drill holes in and slide the bottle brinks in, and then you can plaster between the bricks to finish off, in the same way as you would for the internal wall. You would use a sponge to get final on Lime finish on this beautiful bottle wall

4 thoughts on “Earthship Bottle Walls from Glass Bottle Bricks – Bottle House & Heineken WOBO (World Bottle)

  1. Oh my god. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WEAR A RESPIRATOR OR DUST MASK WHEN CUTTING GLASS LIKE THAT. When the glass dust gets into your lungs it can kill you slowly and extremely painfully over time. http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/silicosis/learn-about-silicosis.html

  2. Very neat idea , i have some land i was looking for alternative building ,,for a house
    just browsing i landed on your page ,, very neat indeed ,, What about adding a solar collector for electric into the glass ? use the sun for electric , :

  3. I have a quick question, leaving the labels in the bottles is not counterproductive in any way? just wondering… because I have read in this article: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Bottle-Building/ that a woman built a house in Nevada out of bottles and she did not remove the labels when summer came the mortar contracted and the labels stayed with the mortar and her house ended up looking like Swiss cheese. It had to be destroyed. What is your opinion about this?

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