Back in 2005, Matthias Loebermann built a beautiful temporary pavilion out of reclaimed shipping pallets for the Nordic Alpine Skiing World Championship in Oberstdorf, Germany. Shipping pallets are found all over the world and make for a sturdy low-cost building material, which accounts for the remarkable rise of "Palletecture" projects as of late. Loebermann designed and built this pavilion out of 1300 shipping pallets and held them together using tie rods and pull straps. At night the interior was lit with a lamp and glare reflectors that brilliantly shone out through the gaps of the pallets.
Architecture students from the University of Biberach assisted with the construction of the pavilion, which measure 6 meters high, 8 meters wide and 18 meters long. The shipping pallets are stacked on top of each other in a curvilinear design, fastened together with tie rods and pulled tight with compression straps. An irregular geometric form is created with an interior cave-like room that welcomes visitors.
The temporary pavilion was used as a meeting place and media room for athletes and press to come to after their competitions. At the time of the skiing competitions, it was obviously winter and the structure was often covered in snow. As the pavilion was constructed of only tie rods, straps and pallets, dismantling and recycling the structure was quite simple after the competition was over. Loeberman used pallets to encourage people to look at the common item in a new light as a building material — back in 2005, this concept was still relatively new for most people.
Photo credits ©Mila Hacke