20 Unbelievable Things People Built Using Junk

Although the world is full of amazing feats of engineering that have seen talented architects and builders create staggering structures, they usually do so using the best possible materials. Almost every single thing you have seen that has been built has been constructed using specially ordered materials.

That isn’t always the case though. Sometimes people get creative and use spare parts in little projects, such as building a shed or putting together a toy for children, rather than proper raw materials. In exceptional cases, people can go above and beyond small structures and build some truly stunning things with little more than junk.

Micro House

Derek Diedricksen spends much of his spare time building these small shelters using junk found in rubbish tips. Windows are often recycled from washing machines, while plastic, wood and sheet metal is taken from old furniture and discarded building materials. He plans to use the micro houses at festivals instead of tents and to help provide shelter for the homeless.

A Pub

This Australian pub, known as the Prahran Hotel, is fully furnished with all of the fixtures and fittings you would expect for a high class establishment. However, it is unusual in that its outer shell is made up entirely of old concrete pipes that have been stacked on top of each other.

Pepsi Shop

Enterprising workers in Nanjing, China, wanted to build a shop but didn’t have the money to buy expensive construction material. Instead, they used a collection of 100,000 Pepsi cans scavenged from the rubbish to create a strong, durable and inexpensive structure.

Windmill Generators

William Kamkwamba set about creating windmills in his Malawian village in 2009, helping the local population to generate their own electricity. In his home country, only 2% of the population has access to electricity but thanks to his efforts, the entire village has power to provide constant lighting and pump water. Kamkwamba built all of the windmills with parts found in local rubbish dumps.