LightWall is a small pavilion made entirely from salvaged materials that won the 2012 ReSpace Competition in North Carolina. The competition, which is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, the Triangle chapter of AIA, and the Raleigh Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, seeks to raise awareness about the reuse of materials and small space architecture. The main feature of the LightWall pavilion is a prismatic wall made from upcycled glass bottles that refract colored light into the interior.
LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of Design. Completely made from salvaged materials, the pavilion first sits on railroad ties as a foundation. The structure is built from reclaimed dimensional lumber with an exterior crafted from corrugated steel and an interior lined with salvaged timber planks. The star of the project is the glass bottle wall that acts like a stained glass window. A steel cage was fabricated to the exact dimensions of the bottles, which are stacked with their bottoms facing out.
Randall Lanou, a ReSpace Competition juror, commented on the design by saying, “I think the nature of the recycled materials will come through in the texture they indicate with variable width boards they use to clad the inside and outside…at the same time they’re not crazy, messy, or exuberant–it’s very subtle and quite nice.” Construction of the pavilion was handled by Habitat volunteers and then it was sold in an auction that benefited Habitat’s Wake County chapter. The 2013 ReSpace Competition will start sometime this summer, so stay tuned to the website to find out the details.
Via Jetson Green
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