Russian duo's unique recycling project


Ever thought about building your own house? How about building one out of Champagne bottles?

A tenacious duo in Russia has done just that. Hamidullah and Eldar Ilchibaev, a father and son from Chelynabinsk, have spent the past three years collecting 12,000 Champagne bottles and constructing their very own ‘Palace of Oz’. The house was completed in 2016 and gifted to Eldar from his father as a wedding present.

The initial idea for the house came from Hamidullah’s youngest son, who tragically died in a car accident in 2007. The eldest son and father then decided to begin construction of the house in his memory.

The house was first framed with timber beams, then the bottles, which were cut with a glass cutter so that they were uniformly sized, were put into place. To keep the bottles secure, the spaces were filled with cement.

The unique structure dubbed the ‘Palace of Oz’ due to its resemblance to the building in 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the city of Chelynabinsk and is thought to last at least 100 years.

That’s one way to recycle your empty Champagne bottles!