"Tower of Babylon" - Pavilion of plastic boxes
by Students of SJTU
Juli 21, 2011
This experimental pavilion "Tower of Babylon" was designed and built by students of the architecture department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. They used plastic fruit boxes as build material, which can be easily found around the fruit market and will also be recycled after being dismantled.
The Pavilion consists of 1400 black fruit boxes and 30 white boxes, bundled with nylon strips. It was erected in only 6 nights and 2 afternoons by the students, the whole budget is controlled under 1000 US Dollars.
In this season most boxes are black boxes for pineapple and watermelon. Only a few white boxes for orange could be found in the market. So it is really interesting that the color of the pavilion displayed the situation of the fruit market.
They think that the essence of Babel is not a "tower", but the place for communication. Therefore the Pavilion will be built in the past Commercial Street as the continuation of such activities in another sense.
Form: The form came from the nature of the fruit box. Fruit box is not suitable for tension. So arch shape is consistent with this feature. Using arch as the basic unit to develop a system that adapts itself very well to different sites and terrains.
some probes of connecting
Nylon strip is ideal to make the flexible node, that allows the error and distortion. And it will also not too strong to harm the plastic boxes.
prefabricated first in room
Students: Qian Han,Hengzhi Liu,Yun Huang,Li Du,Jiaqi Che, Pengyu Fei,Ganjiu Huang, Zhibo Yang, Ronghe Jin， Liang Sun,Xiao Dong,You Zhou,Chao Guo
Teaching Staffs: Wenbing Fan， Xiaobing Song
University: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Semester: 2.year undergraduate course
Category: built, experiment design, temporary building, competition
submitted on 2011.07.13
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