recycling revolution

Intervention in public space using recycled materials to create a hot-spot for local community. GRND PRIX in EcoDelo competition and Social Revolution shortlist! .



place: Russia | Yaroslav + Krasnoyarsk
type: competition project | shortlist + grand prix
design: may 2013 | built october 2013
authors: Karolina Tarkowska, Paweł Kochański




Our idea was to create an ecological object from recycled materials and a green space surrounding it, which would encourage people to rediscover social life. We wanted to use simple and easy accessible resources. That is why we chose old cargo containers as our main structure and earth soil for creation of the landscape.

Our intervention in the park was supposed to make it more attractive, but at the same time not to destroy its general composition. We want to keep the main axis of Tchaikovsky Boulevard as the main objective of the park. That is why we decided to dig our objects into the ground and create at the same time interesting and much safer landscape. We hope that various activities that we propose will bring life to social relations of Yaroslavl’s inhabitants.

This project is a proposal – how to reuse cargo containers. There could be built just one pavilion, containing all of the functions, but we wanted also to create a proposal of bigger composition – three independent, but functionally related pavilions, connected by curving path. As it was mentioned before, we did not want to interrupt the main axis of boulevard. That is why our path is somehow dancing and writhing around it, but never dominating. We also want to keep and preserve all of the beautiful trees surrounding boulevard- paths and pavilions are always situated between them!


Following the ecological objectives we would like to propose to recycle old cargo containers and use them as a main structure of the pavilion. We chose medium size containers with dimensions 12,20m x 2,40m x 2,60m. Because main structure (container) is prefabricated, everything that is needed to be done is to place it in the right spot. All further actions, such us covering it with earth and finishing is so simple, that it could be done by local people.


Interior walls are covered by simple wooden MDF plates, which are cheap but practical. They would also perfectly suit its industrial style. Containers made of steel are also rather resistible to vandalism – there is not really much what one can destroy and materials are durable. Moreover pavilion could be locked during the night.

The pavilion may hold different cultural functions, such as small library, mediatheque or café. Library is supposed to be a local platform for book exchange – so called book-crossing, a mediatheque –platform for multimedia exchange equipped with wi-fi connection. It might be a place where people could exchange their old books or download e-books and audiobooks. Everything might be painted regarding the wishes and moods of inhabitants. It may be a perfect place for artistic expression.














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