Inhabitat had the chance to check out the latest and greatest from Taipei’s 2011 World Design Expo, and leading the pack of Asia’s top designers was the city’s very own “Miniwiz” sustainable design firm. Miniwiz was commissioned by the Taipei City Government to construct the Taipei Pavilion, to capture the capital’s charm and recent surge in first class design. True to their commitment to sustainable development, Miniwiz’s pavilion said no to “virgin materials,” and was constructed using their patented 100% post-consumer recycled building products.
Amidst the bustling expo crowd (and the occasional wandering Japanese robot) stood the winding, translucent walls of the Taipei pavilion which were inspired by they city’s signature narrow alleyways and streets. Once inside, a mixture of digital media, interactive installations, and exhibition space showcased Taipei’s new generation of designers and cultural innovators.
Floor-to-ceiling touch screens provided visitors with a tactile microcosm of Taipei, where friendly digital residents passed on some of the city’s best-kept secrets. Included in the installation was a voice-activated “shout out stage” that encouraged people to vocalize their love for the city. Winding around the periphery of the space was a gallery featuring prototypes of Taiwan’s best contemporary product design. At the center was a lecture hall and movie-viewing area flanked by a wine rack made entirely of Miniwiz’s 100% post consumer recycled “Re-Wine” stackable wine bottle totes.
While expos like these tend to be dominated by car companies or other name-brand design firms, the Miniwiz pavilion was an aesthetically seamless representation of their hometown’s charm and intrigue. While many expo booths end up in landfills after their short-term use, Miniwiz will deconstruct their pavilion and reuse every last polli-brick in either architectural applications, or as educational aids to teach children in Taiwan about the potential of recycled products. Stay tuned for more updates from the Taipei International Design Expo, and for more information on Miniwiz, click here.