Pulgon Diseño have designed the Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 in Venlo, The Netherlands.
The standard of construction comes from the concept of natural diversity and the practices that stem from that. There is a strong emphasis on use of products that are natural and distinct from other building materials. The essence of Cradle to Cradle is apparent in the exhibition. The design aspects of every space will represent cycles and sustainability. This is to display a modern approach to sustainability and using natural materials in architecture and design.
This structure allows uninterrupted access into the exhibition space that seamlessly brings together all of the surfaces and areas within. It comes up quite dramatically from the land on which it is built, brought up gently in order to fit the spaces required for the exhibition. The flow of the topography of the land into the structure itself is a perfect example of how simple things like the trees, plants and soil can be unified with the meeting spaces and interior. There is nary a space without visual reminders of the both, the enclosed spaces inside of the structure and the natural landscape surrounding the space.
Many of the materials used to bring this vibrant and modern design together are recycled, further bringing home the message of assisting the natural cycles of the planet for sustainability. Support structures, coating and paving materials can boast former uses. This includes old fruit boxes, previously used wood and beams. The structure even incorporates completely natural materials like nutshells and remnants of fire-damaged forests.
Both in concept and presentation, this structure embraces the C2C ideals and does not compromise, thus proving that it is not only possible, but it can be modern and exciting at the same time. The Spanish Pavillion at Floriade delivers all of that and more. This 2012 design by Pulgon Diseno embodies the ideals of ethical construction and challenges the idea that a structure cannot be sophisticated and sustainable at the same time.
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