Big Dig House: Nothing but 600,000lbs of Infrastructural Refuse

July 7, 2009 / No Comments

The natives of Boston, MA will definitely remember the Big Dig Highway project or more aptly the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T). There were 600,00lbs of refuse for that project which instead of being dumped, has been all converted into an uber stylish modern private house in Lexington, MA.

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It didn’t come easy though as the Big Dig House started as a project with infrastructural waste in 2006 and has now ended up as a plush house three years later.

The final cost of this house is $150 per square foot and boy, isn’t this a great deal for Single Speed Design, the engineers and designers of this house. It is important here not to mistake this house for a structure that fails to impress the onlooker, too.

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The exterior has been clad in elegant cedar siding and glass, which together as a combination gives it a clean and modern finishing touch, simultaneously maintaining the feel of that ‘refuse usage’ by exposing the steel tubes and beams.

Given the material used, the Big Dig House has the capability to take a heavier load in the interior. As a result, the house even has a roof garden above the garage which has three-feet soil supported by the slabs of concrete recovered from the highway.

Big Dig House

Big Dig House

Big Dig House

Big Dig House

Big Dig House

[via Inhabitat]