Upcycling, the repurposing of “trash” to make something new, has been around for a long time, but the cabin built with construction waste by Invisible Studio is the best example of this trend yet. The cabin is built entirely of construction waste and locally grown unseasoned lumber. On the outside, the cabin is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel. On the inside, it’s clad in used-but-cleaned shuttering ply. Plywood cut-offs were used for all the wood joinery, including the two staircases. Left over blue rope from a previous project was used for the handrails. The gable ends allow in natural light through high performance interlocking polycarbonate. The roof lights were damaged lights and sold as seconds. The doors were sourced from a skip, and the insulation was completely scavenged.
Plus, the cabin is mobile. It was designed to be legally transported on public highways so that it can be used as either a permanent or temporary structure. The wheeled “bogey” slides out from under the steel chassis when not being moved. That same bogey was used to transport all the timber frames, which had been prefabricated in a workshop offsite.
Considering it was created out of waste material, the cabin came out very nice. The pentagonal shape gives it a unique look that won’t be easily replicated by other cabins. Nor does it look like it was Frankensteined together. There’s a flow and cohesiveness that makes the cabin look like it was made from dedicated materials, not second-hand.