Using 45,000 milk cartons as pseudo LEGO bricks, CUACS Arquitectura built this extraordinary pavilion in Spain to honor World Recycling Day. In 2011, the Government of Granada worked with the waste recycling company RESUR to commission the project, which used recycled tetra briks taken from more than 100 colleges throughout the Spanish province. Once completed, it became the world's largest major construction built from recycled materials, thereby winning the Guinness World record in that category.
In order to raise awareness of recycling efforts, the design team devised a method of turning ordinary tetra brik milk cartons into LEGO-esque building materials. Using clamps to link the cartons at an angle of 135 degrees, they were able to transform 45,000 of them into the largest pavilion of its kind at the time.
The labyrinthine pavilion was comprised of two major, freestanding parts: the wall, a solid latticed base, and the tower, a soaring core section that links two base walls. Constructed in a record two weeks, the tetra brik pavilion was 30 meters long, 15 meters wide and 7 meters high. And when the excitement subsided, the whole thing was shipped off to the nearest recycling plant!
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Javier Callejas Sevilla