Whole Cycle of Borrowed Material

It sounds impossible. No screws, no glue, no nails. It sounds ironic. Circular cruciform. Numbers don’t lie. 100% Zero. This is the People’s Pavilion, a central venue for the important 2017 annual event Dutch Design Week.

People's Pavilion
© Jeroen van der Wielen, photographer

The exploded isometric technical illustration shows the design clarity of a temporary architecture. Regional products and materials were constructed and dissembled for use. Construction materials included the triumphant call to action answered by the spirited local population. The designers presented a proposal for new collaboration. Experimental projects are a launchpad for emerging architects. These designers understand the economic impact of architecture and have proven their capability to manage a project with goals that include a geographically local circular economy.

People's Pavilion
© bureau SLA and Overtreders W, architects

If you haven’t heard of circular economics, it’s time to look it up. A circular economy is a system with philosophical basis related to the expression “Waste not, want not.” The firms Overtreders W and bureau SLA translated a burgeoning economic concept into a design program for the People’s Pavilion. Although borne by the Dutch, the People’s Pavilion demonstrates a global role of architecture in the potential of today’s economies.

People's Pavilion Materials
© Jeroen van der Wielen, photographer

The realization of a borrowed building is an advanced accomplishment of real-world skill that can only be found in an architecture office. Coordination, communication, agreement, and administration are all part of the design process that becomes an answer or solution to fulfill a client’s functional requirement. The one-level pavilion is accessible in the round with doors on every side of significant length, as shown in the socially neutral cruciform plan.

People's Pavilion
© bureau SLA and Overtreders W, architects

The participation in this program is remarkable. The scope of architectural work involved communicating the application of circular economics to a single pavilion and a viable project schedule. Vendors to People’s Pavilion exhibit their capability for something new, where delivery ends with veritably unchanged inventory. Eindhoven residents are represented in an array of colored tiles on all faces of the pavilion.

People's Pavilion
© Filip Dujardin, photographer

As a title, People’s Pavilion is short and sweet. It alludes to the use value of a building, by answering the question “What is it for?” by stating “Who it is for.” As a building, People’s Pavilion was a welcoming temporary venue open to all during the World Design Event in Eindhoven. As an architectural project, People’s Pavilion is recognized as an achievement.

People's Pavillion
© Filip Dujardin, photographer


Written by CPG


bureau SLA and Overtreders W, architects. People’s Pavilion. Dutch Design Foundation, client. Arup, structural engineer. New Horizon, urban mining consultant. Vingtsix 3D Visualisation Studio, renderer. Ham & Sybesma, main builder. World Design Event, Ketelhuisplein, Eindhoven, NL, c. 21-29 October 2017.
Filip Dujardin, photographer.
Jeroen van der Wielen, photographer.
IJB group (Lemmer, NL), foundation piles. https://ijbgroep.nl/
Stiho group (Nieuwegein, NL), wood, steel mats. http://www.destihogroep.nl/
Govaerts Recycling (Hasselt, BE), façade tiles. http://www.govaplast.com/
Tetris (Amsterdam, NL), ground floor façade. https://nl.tetris-db.com
ElektroNed, electrical wiring and lights. https://www.elektroned.nl/
DE GO Kassenbouw (Monster, NL), glass roof. http://www.degokassenbouw.nl/
Heezen (Eindhoven, NL), concrete flooring. https://www.heezenbv.nl/
Logistiek Concurrent, tensioning straps. https://www.logistiekconcurrent.nl
Van Happen (Eindhoven, NL), containers for plastic waste. https://www.vanhappencontainers.nl/
Morssinkhof (Haaksbergen, NL), plastic washing/shreddering. https://www.morssinkhofplastics.nl
Keizergrachtkerk (Amsterdam, NL), church benches. https://www.keizersgrachtkerk.nl/
Elena Markus, “100% wiederverwertet: People’s Pavilion in Eindhoven,” Detail (blog), October 10, 2017, https://www.detail.de/blog-artikel/100-wiederverwertet-peoples-pavilion-in-eindhoven-31029/.