25.11.2010 Peter Popp

Pavilion in Taipei

Architects: Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development, Taipei

© Far Eastern Group, Miniwiz SED

Language: English; Runtime: 3 min

The inventors of the »polli bricks«, as they are known, had the idea of creating a building material also in the form of a bottle and consisting to 100 per cent of mechanically recycled post-consumer PET. These units, with a capacity of roughly six litres of liquid, engage firmly with adjoining units, nevertheless leaving interstices that improve sound and thermal insulation (si R Value is 12). PET is not UV-resistant, so that a protective coating is sprayed on during production. The low weight and strong bond of the units make a structure both earthquake- and hurricane-resistant. Up to now, these plastic “bricks” were conceived for use in fences, roofs, skylights, internal partitions, etc. The pavilion for the Taipei International Flora Expo 2010, however, is nine stories high and has a floor area of 2,186 m2, showing that the material is also suitable for large-scale construction. Pollibricks are currently being used in six large scale, permanent projects in Asia including a Hotel.

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