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introducing “ot cupa”

July 20, 2011

Our “Ot Cupa” (bottle house in Acholi) is finally finished!  Check it out:

Interior bottle design:

We’re not done building!  Ready to start our next project with 8,000 packed bottle bricks and counting…

For more on plastic bottle (PET) construction technology and how our little “Ot Cupa” came to be, see this previous post.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracie Fowler permalink
    July 20, 2011 10:25 pm

    That’s my favorite color in all the world. I’ve been seriously influenced by this post…now I wanna come visit just so I can stay in that cute little ot cupa!

  2. Libby permalink
    July 20, 2011 10:38 pm

    Simply amazing!! What a beautiful house.
    I cannot wait to see what you build next.

  3. Kelsey permalink
    July 20, 2011 11:40 pm

    That is so awesome Eliza! I love the color, and would love to live in that house!

  4. July 21, 2011 2:02 pm

    incredible! I am in awe. And in awe of the fact that in a “slowly, slowly” culture you have seen this through – you must have some spectacular sisters on your side!

  5. Mom permalink
    July 21, 2011 8:45 pm

    It’s beautiful! I love the details showing where the bottles are part of the construction. It looks like a great poarch too. Congratulations to the efforts of all involved!!

  6. George permalink
    July 28, 2011 5:35 pm

    Very Cool houses and such great use of a product that we don’t recycle enough here in the states. It would be interesting to see how difficult it would be to get permits here to build such houses in area’s that have been affected by natural disasters.

    Be safe and keep up the good work you are doing.

  7. March 8, 2012 12:37 am

    i really like all the projects you have. thank you for sharing them 🙂

  8. December 27, 2012 6:10 am

    I saw a message on a message board in Entebbe, Uganda about the need of plastic bottles for building these houses in Gulu. When I went back to get the info as to who and where, it was gone. I have started collecting some bottles. Where can I get in touch with the people that needs them?


    Gary and Sarah

  9. May 4, 2016 12:35 pm

    Hi, i would like permission to use one of your photographs to motivate schools to recycle their bottles in this way. Please may I do so?


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