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As a construction material, the pallets are remarkably flexible.

The pallets – a remarkably flexible building material that can be manipulated to create a variety of geometric shapes – are connected via horizontal hinges and are built upwards to allow for privacy and large openings.

Given that the materials are all found, and nothing new is being used to develop the building, it is financially feasible to incorporate the requisite insulation to make up for what would be a thin skin. The designers claim that the real challenge in ecological architecture is to “superimpose interventions on our built heritage…” This is a superb example of doing just that without creating any new waste.

+ Malka Architects

Via Arch Daily


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  1. montgalindo July 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Build this should not be easy. The pallets are not designed to last long, but to be reused a few times. They have a treatment? In Spain would take about 4 years running. Should certainly replace all at the end of that period.
    I find it more interesting to know how they solve it.
    In any case impressive.

  2. Chip Board July 9, 2011 at 12:54 am

    This is a superb example of idea and image over practicality and research.. Great images, and that is all.. Utterly ludicrous proposal.. Pallets are good for use as pallets.. not creating structures. These people have clearly never been anywhere near a pallet – they come in in all sorts of sizes, configurations and condition so ‘found’ ones would likely be incompatible with each other..

  3. lazyreader July 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Looks more like the detention center of the Death Star.

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