Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Creative architecture

The BLDGBLOG (which I'm assuming stands for Building Blog) has an interesting entry on a 'pavilion' built of old shipping pallets, ground anchors and tie rods. According to the author:

Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place.

As the architect writes, the shipping pallets are "characterized by a complex geometry of open and closed surface portions," with the effect that a staggered stacking of each unit produces "interesting netlike structures." They add that the deceptively curvilinear form becomes a "cave."

The unexpected modular reuse of everyday materials is nothing new in architecture — seemingly every term in architecture school brings with it experiments in the tiling of things like cable ties, styrofoam cups, plastic water bottles, and so on — but the spatially dramatic effects of this particular experiment in large-scale, off-kilter pallet-stacking are worth seeing. In fact, a kind of micro-village of equally fluid forms built entirely from pallets would be fascinating to see.

The pavilion at night, lit from within, is also pretty eye-popping.

There's more at the link, including more photographs.

I'm always interested to see how creative artists and designers can take the cast-off things of society and turn them into something beautiful, or useful, or both. I'm not sure how useful this pavilion would be (particularly when it rains!), but it's certainly a novel idea to dispose of old shipping pallets. Congratulations to the designer.



Anonymous said...

that my friend would make an instant fire ball

Shrimp said...

I'd be wary to enter it, especially on a windy day.

Anonymous said...

Impractical, but it does look interesting.


Silver the Evil Chao said...

Strap a canvas over all of the surfaces, and voila!

TheAxe said...

A co-worker of mine built a house using old oak shipping pallets vertically and adobe. Kind of like medieval wattle & daub.