RECYCLE PLANT ISI
MIR, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

RECYCLE PLANT ISI

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter as Architects

The basis for the project was to convert the existing facility, not just in terms of functionality, but also conceptually. By an architectural and conceptual return to nature the new structure completely transforms the entire site, exchanging the bleak imagery and crude machinery that normally characterise waste handling with an intriguing new environment that draws the mind to the notion of a sophisticated organic machine. The design-concept is determined by a symbiosis of function and site: A regular and composed structure made from organic materials creates a soft kind of world, which underscores the placid mood of the surrounding cultural landscape and embodies natural and healthy procedures. The new facility at Isi alludes to a future scenario where we have moved beyond exploitation and unsustainable practices to a level of sophistication that allows us to create the most advanced machines and systems from crude natural and organic materials, even waste. Isi is a self-explanatory and selfsufficient facility that makes use of its own input, i.e. recycled waste, in its very construction and operation. At the same time it is a forward-looking piece of unique architecture that rehabilitates an old and attractive cultural landscape.


Utgangspunktet for prosjektet var å endre den eksisterende situasjonen på stedet, ikke bare til å fungere bedre, men hele konseptet for anlegget. Ved å vende tilbake til naturen både arkitektonisk og konseptuelt, vil den nye strukturen endre hele området. Et falmet bilde av en grå maskinpark som normalt karakteriserer avfallsanlegg, skal byttes ut med et spennende miljø som gir assosiasjoner til en sofistikert organisk maskin. Designkonseptet er en symbiose av funksjon og sted: Isi er et selvforklarende og selvtilstrekkelig anlegg som vil gjøre nytte av sitt eget innkomne avfall, dvs. at resirkulert materiale blir brukt i konstruksjon og drift. På samme tid er det en fremtidsrettet unik arkitektur som rehabiliterer et gammelt og attraktivt kulturlandskap.

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