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iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China
In China, someone’s old music collection is getting a second chance at life. MINIWIZ Sustainable Energy Development Ltd recently announced plans to build the iGreen, an aviation museum featuring a 5D movie theater that will act as the centerpiece to Dream World park near Shanghai. At a diameter of 50 meters the globe will be one of the largest spherical structures in the world, and it will be constructed using 100% recycled CDs and DVDs. In addition to housing the museum complex, iGreen will create a microclimate allowing tropical plants flourish. Designed to withstand typhoon-strength gusts, acid rain, and UV radiation, the futuristic building is slated to be one of China’s most impressive landmarks.
Expected to be completed in 2015, the iGreen will use cutting-edge recycling technology to turn post-consumer waste into a shining exterior, furniture, ceiling, flooring, and lighting fixtures. Visitors to the sphere will be able to enjoy a 5D flight simulator, coffee shops, and green rooftop. In addition to being environmentally friendly, using recycled materials had the benefit of also being cost-effective.
“Normally extravagant structures like iGreen come at a steep premium. Using up-cycled materials, modularization and speedy construction we were able to make this a commercially viable effort.” said Donald Saga Head of Project Management.
For the company, taking advantage of trash is nothing new. MINIWIZ has also been involved in projects such as the EcoArk Pavilion in Taipei that relied on Polli-Bricks composed of recycled PET plastic. Up-cycling poly carbonate and agricultural waste for the iGreen is the newest innovation resulting from the efforts of the organization’s engineers, architects, and chemists. Transforming the unwanted and outdated into modern material, MINWIZ will be setting a standard for sustainable building.
Via Press Release
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