The Morrow Royal Pavilion in Las Vegas just claimed the title of the world’s largest building made from recycled bottles. Created by Las Vegas entrepreneur and founder of Realm of Design, Scott McCombs, the company’s 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is made from more than 500,000 beer bottles that were crushed and formed into a composite material called GreenStone. The project diverted thousands of pounds of material from the junk yard, saving an estimated 400,000 cubic yards of landfill space – that’s enough to fill 8 football fields, piled to the top of the goal post.
Almost everything in the new facility has some element of glass in it. The building is made largely of GreenStone, a sturdy concrete substitute that’s made from a recycled glass aggregate and fly ash, a byproduct from coal-fired power plants. To produce the material, Realm of Design collects beer bottles from Las Vegas Strip hotels. The glass is crushed into tiny grains, mixed with fly ash, and poured into molds, where it dries and hardens. GreenStone can be used to make anything from fireplaces and mantles to balustrades and columns.
The building was inspired by the Swarkestone Hall Pavilion in England, which is featured on the cover of the Rolling Stones’ Hot Rocks album. The company has even launched a Facebook campaign to try to get the band to visit the new building.