Thursday, 03 Sep, 2009 Environment

Amazing Green Shanghai Pavilion Built From Used CD Cases


The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has already engaged a large number of designers from various countries to work on daring projects. One of the most impressive constructions is the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion, designed by the architecture firm Atelier Feichang Jianzhu.

The most incredible thing about this building, besides the fact that it takes advantage of a great number of recycled materials, is that it is made from thousands of plastic tubes that were made from used CD cases.

The construction's exterior is made of hundreds of polycarbonate transparent recycled plastic tubes that are arranged in a grid-like matrix. At the end of its life cycle the construction can be easily recycled. Designers look forward to incorporate multi-colored LED lights into the outer walls of the building. All of these lights will be controlled by a computer, which will regularly change the appearance of the construction, reports ArchDaily.

The heat gathering tubes installed on the building's roof will be able to generate energy to power the pavilion and heat water. The entire solar thermal energy system will occupy an area of 1,600 square meters. You can read about other interesting eco-friendly constructions here at - check the links at the bottom of the story.

The electricity required for expositions as well as every day needs will be produced using ultra-low temperature power generation. The system that will produce a mist effect will add more mystery to the building. In addition, the produced mist will serve as a tool for lowering temperature and purifying the air. Water and mist will be produced from filtered rainwater. This is a truly amazing construction and might be a step towards a greener future.

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