Plastic recycling is a growing market, and with that growth comes new opportunities for recycled plastic to show its strength and versatility.
Take the ‘Cloud Seeding’ Pavilion at the public plaza in front of the Design Museum Holon in Israel. They applied plastic recycling techniques to create of wonderful shaded area for a multitude of wonderful purposes. Sun loungers underneath and placed to encourage relaxation at the Museum’s entrance.
Designed to create a ‘dynamic and responsive boundary’ between the sun and the shade, the pavilion uses around 30,000 recycled plastic water bottles to make balls that move around the mesh ceiling. The space is to be used for outdoor performances, reading, music or just to chill out in!
It was built by Modu Architecture, in collaboration with Geotectura, and won the 2014 Urban Shade Competition. Using the balls made from plastic recycling, the public can engage with the balls movement, which change positioning as the Mediterranean wind sweeps of the area. The pavilion has no walls and no solid roof, just mesh and recycled plastic balls. The whole project is also indicative of the national love of greenhouses, which are dotted all over the countryside.
The Cloud Seeding Pavilion is not the first building or public structure to be embrace plastic recycling in its construction. The Brighton Waste House is one of the most famous examples in the UK, if not the world. We wrote about the Brighton Waste House back in 2014, here’s an extract.
“Imagine making a house from toothbrushes, old CDs and floppy disks. Imagine filling the inner walls with denim and covering the outer walls in carpet tiles. It does all seem a bit, beyond the imagination. But for Duncan Baker-Brown and his team of undergraduate structures students, it was a reality. The build, which took 11 months, has resulted in an Eco-house quite different to it’s contemporaries.
Many would be quick to assume an Eco-house to be built within nature or by using nature, not by using rubbish. The sustainable method of using recycled materials means that buildings can be put together for considerably less (than brick). That’s not evident from this particular build which is estimated to have cost in the region of £300,000, but it is a model for the future. This was in fact the second version of this house, with the original being designed by Baker-Brown and the well-renowned Kevin McCloud.”