There’s A Fully Functioning Bar In Japan Made Entirely Out Of Trash

There are some things in this world that should only be used once, like exes or band aids. Many other things in this world, however, can have long useful lives even if we think they’re one time use products or useless scraps. We’re all very familiar with tossing aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles into the recycling bins, but what about everything else?

As our population grows, so does the amount of waste we create. The challenge of finding what to do with that waste is becoming a new creative outlet for many groups of people, including architects. One building in Japan is serving as a shining example for recycling, reusing, and reducing, and is built completely out of recycled or reclaimed materials. The Kamikatz Public House, designed by architect Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP, is such an amazing example of recycling ingenuity that it won the World Architecture News (WAN) Sustainable Building Award of 2016.

The Kamikatz Public House isn’t just a beautifully designed building of trash, but it’s useful, too! Inside, there is a bar and brewery, and even a couple living spaces for people to rest their heads. Located in Tokushima, Japan, the interior boasts chandeliers made from bottles, reclaimed wedding chests as furniture, and even uses a carbon-neutral radiator that utilizes branches from the forest for heat.

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Citizens of the city love the building because it falls in line with Tokushima’s vision of becoming a zero waste town. The town is already 80% of the way there. Locals go to recycling centers where goods are set out to “shop” and be taken home by citizens who get creative with how to use discarded items. The Kamikatz Public House has become a beacon of inspiration for the town to stay focused on their zero waste goal. According to the WAN website, “ Local residents said that by embodying the town’s vision within everyday life, the locals who gather at this pub are beginning to truly realize that their actions are fun and creative.”

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