A sublime structure of plastic waste

A sublime structure of plastic waste

Waste isn’t generally considered beautiful. But with their latest pavilion, two French architects who founded the company WASTE IS MORE (WIM) argue that it can be sublime.
26 Nov 2019 News

Waste isn’t generally considered beautiful, but changing its use (upcycling) can make it sublime. That is the thesis argued by WASTE IS MORE (WIM), a start-up company founded by French architects Cyril Rheims and Mathieu Collos. Their latest pavilion, called The Big Wav(st)e at the Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV 2019), argues the point by creating an elegant structure with waste plastic water cans.

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Sterile water cans used in hospitals are not sorted and unfortunately end up in landfills. According to WIM, more than 30 per day per hospital. Taking these waste cans, WIM has created a pavilion of 14 self-supporting arches with 60 cans each, braced together with threaded rods. Visitors to the festival are urged to build small interactive creations with the can’s caps.

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WIM undertake a vast range of activities. The founding principle behind their ideas is a conviction that environmental awareness can be raised through better, sustainable and accessible design. The creative lab was formed by the two architects in 2016. More here.

Credit: Photoarchitecture/FestivaldesArchitecturesVives
Credit: Photoarchitecture/FestivaldesArchitecturesVives

 

 

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