April 10, 2015 – This story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Champagne House”. It really is a house, not an estate producing Champagne.
Located in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the house is 99 square meters, about 1,000 sq. ft., and has been dubbed by locals, rather appropriately, as “Palace Oz”. The builder is Hamidullah Ilchibaev who always enjoyed making things out of empty beer and vodka bottles.
His children encouraged him to build a house. When one of his sons died at only 18 years old, he decided to build the house in his memory. It took him three years to collect enough empty Champagne bottles. Restaurants donated some but he purchased the bulk of them for about a ruble each.
The bottles necks face inward. Using a special glasscutter, the tops were sliced off to make
all the bottles an even size Hamidullah said he had no idea there was such a variety of styles of bottles. A space between the neck and the insulation was filled with a liquid that set and holds the stacked bottles in place. It also adds to warmth. The bottoms make up the exterior walls and judging by the photos, he did a good job laying them evenly. Inside it looks like a regular house.
The finished house has been given as a wedding present to another son who said his wife is looking forward to moving in. His father says the house will last 100 years and it cost five times less than a house using normal materials.