Upcycling Pavilion, Expo CIHAC, by BNKR Arquitectura & Esteban Suarez Design Team
Expo CIHAC is the biggest annual architecture and construction exhibition in Latin America. Like many other exhibitions, it creates large-scale contamination due to the excess waste it generates. Almost all the pavilions of the different brands and products related to the architecture and construction industry, end up in the trash. Deeply concerned by this, the team approached the exhibition principals with the proposal of creating a low cost – zero waste sustainable pavilion that could set an example for future exhibitions. Inspired by the upcycling movement that focuses on converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, the team conceived a pavilion made up exclusively of soda crates piled on top of each other which were, after the show, returned to the soft drink manufacturer for its initial purpose: carrying soda pops.