The environmental problem is increasingly preoccupying societies worldwide as production rates accelerate, natural resources deplete, and consumption rates combined with demo-graphic growth continue to increase annual waste rates. The construction industry is one of the most environmentally damaging industries as it disturbs the natural balance by requiring raw materials and energy that lead to the gradual production of waste. To solve the problem, modern societies resort to alternative forms of energy, to the search of new raw materials and to recycling. Until now, recycling has involved either processing waste for the production of new raw materials, or energy production. Upcycling is an alternative to recycling, with environmental and economic benefits as the original product is not undervalued and no energy is spent on processing. In the construction field, examples of reuse of mate-rials or parts are being observed since antiquity, as well as in vernacular architecture as man throughout the centuries used his ingenuity and creativity to meet his needs. In mod-ern architecture, upcycling could be considered a mechanism that works as a catalyst in synthesis since it is an initial fact.