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Leggo my Ecomat Blocks!

19 April 2010 3,253 views No Comment

Remember when you could invite people to your house to build a fort, and nobody thought it was unusual?  You’d be all, “hey, wanna build a fort?” and Linny and the rest of the gang would be all, “sure, but you should know we’ve already built three sweet fortifications this morning and we’re walking to the candy store for pixi stix first.”  These days if I called up some friends and asked them if they wanted to build a fort in the living room they’d think I was crazy.  Well, my friends would probably come build one, but then again my friends are awesome like that.

During the official fort-building phase of my life, I used chairs, couches, coffee tables, clothespins, and sheets as the raw materials of construction.  I simply cannot imagine what would have happened if we’d had access to the blocks I’m about to describe: Ecomat Building Blocks. 

Image courtesy inhabitat.org

You can think of Ecomat Building Blocks as enormous LEGOs: snap-together interlocking bricks made from 100% recycled materials.  They’re light weight, earthquake resistant, and they’re designed for both temporary and permanent constructions.  Ecomat Building Blocks provide “good thermal and acoustic insulation, don’t require a specialized building team to install, and can be mounted without the use of mortar, which significantly speeds up construction times. Their versatility makes them a great building material for developing nations or emergency housing applications, and their light weight offers significant shipping emissions savings over heavier materials” (Chino).  Right now the blocks aren’t suitable for roofing (there’s no shingle component) but neither is CMU so I don’t see that as much of an issue.

Image courtesy inhabitat.org

I’m also not sure how much they cost but rumor is they’re reasonable.  If you’re at Milan Design Week check out the blocks at the “Sparkling: Ecologically Correct” show in Zona Tortona and let me know what you find out!


I’m classifying these blocks as wood because I think they’re made of plastic. 


Chino, Mike. “Ecomat’s LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle” Inhabitat 04/19/10.  Accessed 04/19/10.  URL.

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