Tire homes are all the rage these days. They are considered a handy, eco-friendly way of hiding billions of unsightly used tires. Dirt-filled tires provide a super-strong frame and foundation. They can also be stacked and used like bricks. A tire home has great architectural flexibility, allowing for attractive design elements like wide, rounded corners and spiraling stairways.
Design a house of tires. The goals of this project are:
- To design an architectural structure using discarded radial tires.
- To build a scale model.
- Computer with Internet access
- Color printer
- Digital camera
- Typical office/hobby/hardware/craft supplies (paper, poster board, glue, etc.).
- Read overview of relevant topics (see bibliography below and terms listed above)
- Address all of the above terms and research questions.
- Search and print out interesting images relevant to your topic.
- Take photographs throughout the course of the experiment.
- After thoroughly studying the links below, consult with local architects and landscape designers about the details of using tires as construction material.
- Create your own unique architectural tire design. This could be a building, a play structure, a landscaping feature or even a piece of furniture.
- Build a scale model of your structure, using round flat pieces that represent tires. Checkers, hockey pucks, game pieces, washers and lifesavers are just a few possibilities.
- If building smaller objects like furniture, use real tires.
- Interpret your findings in a detailed report.
- Include interesting photos, diagrams and models in your science fair display.