Live from Milan: here are some photos of the Artek Pavilion in the Trienalle Park in Milan, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
Built out of a wood-plastic composite, the open-ended pavilion houses a presentation of Artek's new furniture lines, which this year are all devoted to the theme of sustainability and include the Bambu range of bamboo furniture we wrote about earlier this year.
Below is an excerpt from Artek's press kit:
ARTEK & UPM CO-OPERATION
The Artek Pavilion is being built out of UPM-developed wood-plastic composite. The principle raw material for the composite is self-adhesive label materials made of paper and plastic, which is surplus from UPM Raflatac’s production. The completely white pavilion is impressive; its elongated presence in the Triennale Park is elegant and refined, yet modest.
"UPM invented a new material called "UPM ProFi wood-plastic composite" from scrap plastic and paper. Artek asked us to design their pavilion using this material. We used a truss system in this building because of its strength and elastic nature" - Shigeru Ban – April 2007.
See all dezeen's coverage of Milan 2007 here
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