Larry Teo, a former stu­dent at Sin­ga­pore’s Te­masek Poly­tech­nic, has de­signed The Pa­per Pavil­ion, an ex­per­i­men­tal, re­cy­clable and ul­ti­mately sus­tain­able furniture show­room.

The in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ate con­verted a pair of ware­house units on an in­dus­trial es­tate, com­bin­ing the un­con­ven­tional use of ma­te­ri­als such as card­board with the use of piezo-elec­tric­ity for an­thro­pogenic en­ergy har­vest­ing, re­sult­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where the spa­ces re­act to vis­i­tors, ab­sorb­ing and re­cy­cling the resid­ual en­ergy their ac­tiv­i­ties pro­duce into elec­tric­ity.

Card­board has been used to cre­ate an ar­ray of ‘pa­per trees’ that act as dis­tinc­tive ver­ti­cally ori­en­tated dis­play spa­ces for mer­chan­dise, while their po­ten­tial for light­ing prop­er­ties has been op­ti­mised through the strate­gic lo­cat­ing of aper­tures on all sides of the build­ing, re­duc­ing the need for ex­ces­sive ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing.

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