Called “Light Wall,” the winning design is a prism of salvaged materials that transforms light. Once inside, visitors encounter a space tucked behind a wall, where light filters in through hundreds of multicolored glass bottles and bathes the space in colored light.
Designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler, two juniors from the North Carolina State University College of Design in Raleigh, NC, the structure is meant as an outdoor public lounging space and art installation.
“This ‘Light Wall’ showcases the concept that reused materials can be very beautiful architectural elements,” the winners wrote in their design layout.
In a mere 48 hours, Hefner and Drechsler’s design came to life in the Wake County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, with the help of a professional build team and hundreds of volunteers. Scroll through to see how they did it and peep more photos of this amazing upcycled structure.