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The roof is built with white cellular polycarbonate due to its lightness and thermal insulation | Photo source Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

The first museum made entirely from recycled plastic

Architecture & Design

The museum is built to raise awareness about the correct use of plastic and will be 100 per cent recycled by the end of the 10 day exhibition

Spotted: Spanish design studio delaVegaCanolasso has built a museum in Madrid made entirely of recycled plastic. The aim of the project is to invite citizens to think and reflect on plastics and the importance of using it correctly.  

The Plastic Museum was completely prefabricated in plastic for two weeks and only took two days to assemble. To finish its cycle, it will be 100 per cent recycled at the end of the 10 days of the exhibition.

Inside, essential tools for health care, communication, construction, food, and sustainable mobility are exhibited to make visitors aware of everything that plastics provide.

Located in the Square contiguous to the Reina Sofia National Museum, the design is a simple volume, white and translucent, easily legible but broken by the methacrylate ribs that reflect the light interior, letting guests guess the world inside and inviting the pedestrians in.

The museum has an “invisible” structural system consisting of 7 structural ribs made of 20mm transparent methacrylate “U” shape beams and pillars. For the facade, the chosen material was white polyethylene. It is a dense material that allows the facade to be self-supporting, it changes its appearance through the day and works as a lantern at night.

The roof is built with white cellular polycarbonate due to its lightness and thermal insulation. Every piece was cut and numbered by numeric control so that it could be assembled in an IKEA-like fashion. 

Written By: Katrina Lane

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