Recycled After Ten Days: Temporary Museum of Plastic in Madrid
Contracting business: Ales Grupo
Location: Plaza de Juan Goytisolo, Madrid (ES)
For quite some time, the plastics sector has been working to improve the image of its products by spreading the word that many plastics are 100% recyclable. It must be added that this is possible only when they have not been mixed together or processed into multi-layered sandwich materials from the get-go, as is generally the case in the packaging industry.
In May EsPlásticos, which is the Spanish trade association devoted to plastics, commissioned the architects from delavegacanolasso to place a real eye-catcher in front of the Museo Reina Sofía in the centre of Madrid. For ten days, the Plastic Museum stood here. The 73.5-m2 temporary pavilion consisted entirely of plastics which − according to the initiators’ promise − would be 100% reused at the end of the exhibition.
The main light source for the pavilion was also its supporting structure: transparent, U-shaped elements made of 20-mm-thick PMMA panes, better known as Plexiglas, were assembled into seven large frames that carried the rest of the building shell. For the exterior walls, the architects used 20-mm-thick, white polyethylene panels with tongue-and-groove joints. For weight reasons and to ensure better insulation, the pellucid roof consisted of 30-mm-thick, white multi-skin polycarbonate sheeting. All the plastic panels were cut and numbered under computer control so that the pavilion could be assembled on-site in two days and dismantled in one.