Fizzy Bottle Roof Project

Made by the people for the people

60 old for sale sign posts, 350 mtrs of plastic water piping, 5 sheets of old building site hoarding, 2 old scaffold planks and the sweat of over 180 volunteers. Not your normal shopping list for a roof, but the Fizzy Bottle Roof is'nt a normal roof.

On the 30th of May 2010 residents of the community of Merton made there way down to the Growing Gardens Project at Deen City Farm, London, to turn 5000 plastic bottles into a roof.

Money donated by a regular visitor and admirer of the garden made the project possible, a guesture of good will that proved contagious. The help and enthusiasm just kept coming. Over the months leading up to the Fizzy Bottle Community Build Day, residents bought down their collected bottles by the bin bag loads. So many so that we had to call upon the charity of local storage company, who were only too hapy to help out.

The roof shares the philosophy found in allotments and city farms. It's about making do with what you have. All the materials used in the construction of the roof are familiar urban waste materials collected from the surrounding neighbourhood.

True art is built by the people for the people

A quote from William Morris who would have worked on the same banks of the River Wandle over 100 years ago, joint founder of the art and crafts movement and an active socialist. I speculate he would be happy to be quoted in conjunction with the Fizzy Bottle Roof Project.

The Growing Gardens Project is a community garden run by project coordinator Louisa Loakes and a regular stream of volunteers. The project has enjoyed recognition for it's efforts scooping many well deserved awards over the years including Merton in Bloom and the Guardian Green Building Award for the Fizzy Bottle roof. or 020 8543 5300 for more details. The roof stands as a reminder of the benefits to a world that needs to become more ingenious with its resources.

Natural Rendering 2011

The Cob building is finally finished. The garden project hosted a workshop over a couple of weeks, showing how to apply lime and clay plaster to our cob walls which were put up in 2007. The workshop was run by Phil Howard with many volunteers to help (a special thank you to Mark for his help throughout and for his great job of lime washing the inside).

In the UK, lime has been used for hundreds (dating back about 6000 years ago) of years as the natural partner to cob walls. Up until the mid 19th century, when cement and gypsum came onto the scene, the practice of producing, preparing and applying lime finishes was a part of local, vernacular practice.

‘Cob could be said to be one of the most democratic building materials and processes in the world. It is safe and accessible to all. For this reason women, children and the elderly can once again enter the realm of the building site.’ Building with cob a step by step guide.



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    Looks really pretty and I assume it allows plenty of light in. Great work.
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    Beautiful building that shines out. ingeneous design, inspiring. I will visit on many more occasions.
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