28.9.10

Pavillon du Bonheur Provisoire- Beer Crate Building



The Atomium in Belgium is familiar to many.  This architectural feat was designed in 1958 as part of a world expo which was the first to take place after WWII.  The Atomium is 102 meters high and has nine interconnected spheres, made to represent an iron crystal- magnified 165 billion times. The Atomium was not intended to survive beyond the 1958 World Fair but its popularity and success soon made it a key landmark in Brussels and beyond.
As a 50th anniversary celebration architects: Shin Bogdan Hagiwara, Thierry Decuypere and Jorn Aram Bihain, designed the Pavillon du Bonheur Provisoire- (Temporary Hapiness) a 600 meter temporary building made entirely of beer crates.
In the Architect statement:
We desired the contents of the pavilion to ask, 50 years later, what the notions of progress, universalism and happiness had brought in their time through the system of international exhibitions.
With the constructive principles of universality and reusability, we decided to use a material extracted from the daily life of an ordinary consumer.
 
It took approximately 33,000 empty crates of 'Jupiler' beer, 19 workers and 3900 hours to create this architectural wonder- complete with arches, domes and columns.
The intention is to: Understand[] that the sense of the temporary can only be truly successful when it is free of waste, [thus] the pavilion is built using a[] usual and ephemeral component which after the event returns to its normal daily use.


I love the idea that not only is the material recycled but that it is put BACK into use.
The line: the sense of the temporary can only be truly successful when it is free of waste
- is brilliant-

To link to the architects page:
Link to Atomium Museum webstite: http://atomium.be/nt

19 comments:

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you so much for introducing me to it! Love a post that can broaden my horizon!!!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ok WOW! - that's A LOT of beer!

PS - spread the love about the $45 give-away :o)


*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Jude said...

This is just amazing. Architects never cease to amaze me (creative and analytic at once!) - this is even more innovative and powerful for its waste-reduction.

BenchesandChandeliers said...

breathtaking!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Once again you have stunned me with what human beings can accomplish...

XO
Lenore

sherri said...

so cool. i am watching a movie tonight (review to come) - documentary you'd dig. "no impact man" check it out if you haven't already.

Punctuation Mark said...

love great design especially when done thinking about the planet!

Gabbi said...

If I hadn't known what it was made of I would've thought it was some gorgeous temple in India... lovely!

Alice said...

Thank you so much for the comment on my newest Post. Of course I follow you!:) It's a really interesting and lovely Blog you have here.
xx, Alice from bells and whistles :)

Bossy Betty said...

WoW! Incredible! Thanks for much for sharing this. The problem is I want to stay here and stare at these pictures all day!

k1ate said...

i agree, fantastic. I'm kind of surprised I haven't seen this before, so thanks very much for posting!!

Courtney Erin said...

Wow, that's crazy!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Pop Champagne said...

this looks really cool! and yeah I like how it's used of recycled material too

Café Bellini said...

How clever! Using beer crates. I like the idea and what they've done!

Krystal said...

i could have totally helped with the beer drinking!

Mama Gone Green said...

cool!

Jude said...

P.S. Just wanted to stop by again and let you know I gave you a blog award (if you're inclined to play along with such things :)).

this free bird said...

This is kinda totally brilliant...trust a Canadian to REALLY appreciate! hehe

xoxo,
c

ps-totally want to read never let me go now...did you start?

Clair said...

TALENT = Recycled Beer Crates = Spectacular Architecture !!!
Amazing!
Clair

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