The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival recently wrapped up another successful year with over 300 musical performances and stellar art installations—and one of the festival’s recyclable artworks piqued our interest. Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio built a large-scale Coachella pavilion out of compostable paper pulp, 90% of which made from post consumer waste. The pavilion served as a multicolored porous canopy and respite from the sun.
Ball-Rogues described the 20-foot-tall Coachella Pulp Pavilion as “an architectural experiment in material composites using reclaimed paper.” The designers built the temporary structure by covering the column and canopy framework with organic jute rope. The team then sprayed a mix of paper pulp, water, pigment, and adhesive onto the twine latticework—10 to 12 layers worth—to strengthen the frame. The desert’s hot and dry climate helped speed up the curing process.
The pavilion columns were raised on timber bases that doubled as seating. Lighting set into the base projected multicolored lighting onto the canopy. The compostable pavilion was built on site at Coachella Valley in five-and-a-half weeks. “Unlike fiberglass or carbon fiber composites that incorporate plastic,” write the architects, “the Pulp Pavilion can be recycled or composted after the festival’s conclusion.
Images via Ball-Nogues Studio Facebook