A pavilion of milk cartons: the largest recycled structure in the world!

The exhibition pavilion built in Granada (Spain) by the architectural firm Cuacs, won the world record for the largest building made ​​of recycled materials.  In conjunction with the World Day of recycling, the Cuacs studio wanted to pay attention to the problem of wastes and the ability to reuse them for alternative purposes. In this way was born the idea of using tetrapak containers, used as milk cartons and surely present in every home.

The project involved the local population through the collaboration with many schools for the collection of shells (more than 45.000) and thanks to the participation of some students from the Faculty of Architecture of Granada, who have worked to develop the construction system and assemble the elements of the project.

The casings, which have been connected to each other with staples to form angles of 135 °, were assembled according to two different modules that have given the possibility to realize rigid frames, opaque and transparent, capable of filtering the passage of light in different ways. Despite the simplicity of the structure, it was possible to realize walls 30 meters long and a tower 7 meters high! This is a structure built in a few weeks, playing with geometry, light and local vegetation. You can see a lot of creativity and ingenuity to create dynamic and stimulating public spaces, demonstrating how even simple everyday objects can have a second life chance!!!

From: http://www.architetturaecosostenibile.it/architettura/in-europa/padiglione-cartoni-latte-struttura-riciclata

 

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