The small round dots should be your first clue that there’s something different about this pop-up timber pavilion in Paris. Take a step closer and you’ll see that the incredible sawtooth-roofed installation isn’t made of just any old wood—it’s crafted from 180 recycled wooden doors. Architecture studio Encore Heureux designed the temporary structure, aptly named the Circular Pavilion, not for it’s shape, but to bring attention to the benefits of a low-waste, circular economy.
Located in the heart of Paris at the Hôtel de Ville, the 70-square-meter Circular Pavilion was installed to coincide with the then-ongoing COP21 climate change conference. Encore Heureux clad the pavilion with 180 wooden doors sourced from a construction site in Paris’ 19th arrondissement and outfitted the rest of the building in locally sourced and salvaged materials. More than just a piece for show, the Circular Pavilion is actively used for a series of exhibitions, lectures, meetings, and workshops, all free and open to the public.
The interior is covered in exhibition panels and insulated from the cold by mineral wool salvaged from a supermarket roof. Leftover wooden pieces from a retirement home construction site were used throughout the structure. The Paris Plage organization provided the slatted wood for the construction of the outdoor patio. The interior furnishings, from the fifty wooden chairs to the ceiling lights, were collected from Parisian recycling centers and public lighting stocks.
The Circular Pavilion will remain in front of the Hôtel de Ville until January 6, after which it will be disassembled, moved, and rebuilt at Paris’ 15th arrondissement for use as the clubhouse of a sports association.
Images via Encore Heureux