Not Another Brick In The Wall

The Save Water Brick design is really unique; the brick is a mixture of discarded plastic bottles and dried rotting leaves molded into bricks. There are funnels within the brick to channelize the rain water to nearby plants or underground tanks. So the basic idea is that it collects rainwater for consumption. Obviously the bricks are intended for external walls so that they can absorb the water, but the question is will they be strong enough to endure the elements?

Designers: Jin-young Yoon & Jeongwoong Kwon via IIDA

Save Water Brick Design by Jin-young Yoon & Jeongwoong Kwon

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29 Comments

  • looseroots says:

    can leaves really be thought of as “wasteful”? hmmmmm…..the are probably serving a better function as a fertilizer than to build another questionably “green” product.

  • J Dizzle says:

    You’re going to channel rainwater through used recycled plastic and organic material and expect that it’s going to be fit for DRINKING?!

    Wow. I love this website. LMAO.

  • me says:

    I don’t see where it says it’s fit for drinking. I think fountain means a water feature, not a drinking fountain.

  • JJ says:

    this will not work cuz leaves and other debris will fit up the channels in no time at all, and when it’s raining, why would you wanna channel such a small amount of water anyways

  • You forgot decomposition of matter-leaves?maybe?

  • powaz says:

    Forgetting bricks are staggered when laid are we?

    • ? says:

      seems to be your a coward who never can praise anybody And forget about what’s design. it’s a sujjestion and can be modified.

  • Donaufisch says:

    Even if it works as brick, it is questionable that how to recycle mixture of leaves and plastic. It couldn’t be environmental.

  • Victor Assis says:

    Heh, nice rendering, But I doubt this is how it would look if made of the proposed materials. But even so… it’s a thousand times better capturing water in the ceiling than in the walls. Another point: using plastic in this bricks would not be green at all. The plastic would still be there, IF it could endure the lifecycle of a house, it would just be a different – and harder to recycle – waste. No problem solved.

  • durgefuneral says:

    Nikolas, not to mention the mortar spacing

  • TankGirl says:

    So many issues…

    How does the water get into the channel? Is there a catchment [roof] feeding each column or is it just the water that hits the wall…?

    As noted already, bricks are not laid one on top of each other as it is not structurally sound, which immediately undermines this product, and once you add mortar you lose the continuity of the channel.

    Must try harder.

  • Mallon says:

    why not grow plants which absorb water along the walls. OR cover the walls in a sponge which will absorb the water and gravity would filter it down.

  • Mortal-Gav says:

    Looking at the design it could be used with the spacing as the channel on one brick could be lined up with the channel of the next meaning that the water wouldn't go back and forth as in the picture but diagonally downwards.

    Obviously walls are usually 2 bricks deep meaning the water could be channelled through the wall rather than down unsightly piping work from gutters.

    Like others – I was wondering what would stop the channels getting clogged with leaves and dirt. If that happens the walls would fill with water anc cause some pretty nasty rising damp. There is also the problem with the cement – as the bricks are stuck together the channel would need to be brushed to allow the water to flow.

    My favourite thought about this is it effectively creates thousands of mice & insect homes all over the house. – slightly terrifying to some i would imagine 🙂

  • Mortal-Gav says:

    Looking at the design it could be used with the spacing as the channel on one brick could be lined up with the channel of the next meaning that the water wouldn't go back and forth as in the picture but diagonally downwards.

    Obviously walls are usually 2 bricks deep meaning the water could be channelled through the wall rather than down unsightly piping work from gutters.

    Like others – I was wondering what would stop the channels getting clogged with leaves and dirt. If that happens the walls would fill with water anc cause some pretty nasty rising damp. There is also the problem with the cement – as the bricks are stuck together the channel would need to be brushed to allow the water to flow.

    My favourite thought about this is it effectively creates thousands of mice & insect homes all over the house. – slightly terrifying to some i would imagine 🙂

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