Home of Cate Leger and Karl Wanaselja in Berkeley, CAEnlarge Photo
At some point or other, most of us have slept in our cars. It's rarely a comfortable experience, but when you're locked out of the house or too tired to drive, a reclined front seat is better than nothing. Recently, an architect in Berkeley, California took that idea and ran with it -- straight to the salvage yard. And the results are pretty impressive.
Karl Wanaselja and his wife, Cate Leger (also an architect), are both dedicated to the idea of sustainability, so when it came time for the two to construct their new home, they wanted to use as many recycled elements as possible. Ultimately, they decided to clad the house in auto parts.
Now, in most cities, it's easy to find at least one wacky house covered in spare tires or hood ornaments or hubcaps. This is not what Leger and Wanaselja had in mind. Their house on McGee Street is miles away from kitsch, looking sleek and sophisticated, with carefully chosen strips of sheet metal subbing for conventional wood siding, and awnings made almost entirely of Dodge Caravan windows.
Wanaselja continued that theme with an outbuilding constructed mostly of used auto hoods. In fact, the only part of the house that seems to escape the auto salvage theme is the office, which is built from a refrigerated shipping container.
It may sound like a challenge straight off of reality television ("Make a working telephone out of butter!"), but the house looks much better than it sounds. Don't believe us? Have a peek at the video tour below: