TAIWAN/ MINIWIZ :: ECO-ARK PAVILLON + POLLI-BRICK:: RECYCLING PETT-BOTTLES (2010)

PET-bottles are an enormous polluter: plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting, while 80% never get recycled. Taiwan is a country in the lead when it comes to recycling them: a yearly total of 90,000 tons is recycled, the equivalent of 4.5 billion 600 ml bottles. Hailed as a new benchmark for the future of green buildings, the EcoARK –a temporary and most spectacular showpiece that was built for Taipei 2010 International Floral Exposition, was largely constructed from 1,5 million repurposed PET-bottles. Modestly described as “the world’s lightest, movable, breathable environmental miracle,” by Douglas Hsu, Chairman of the building’s financer, the Far Eastern Group, the EcoArk was 130 m long, 40 m wide, and nine floors high.

 

The bottles that served as basic building elements were first reconverted into Polli-Bricks by MiniWIZ Sustainable Energy Development, a company specialized in renewable green portable technology and sustainable and rechargeable systems for handheld digital devices. The Polli-Bricks basically still keep the form of an empty bottle, but are ribbed on the side in a honeycomb shape, so that they could easily interlock. Just a small amount of silicone has to be placed between the bricks to tighten the bond. What makes them extremely polyvalent is the fact that in the process of reshaping they keep the bottle’s characteristic of being an empty vessel, that can be filled with different materials, in order to generate different effects – such as thermal or sound isolation. Embedded solar power captured during the day ran EcoARK’s LED lighting systems at night. Also known as the Pavilion of New Fashion, the building, which was the result of three years of research and construction, weighed 50 percent less than a conventional building, and yet was engineered to withstand large earthquakes, typhoons and fire, and to be taken apart and reassembled at other locations. www.miniwiz.com

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