Plastic Fantastic: 8 Illuminating Instances of Plastic Architecture

Since the mid-19th century, plastic has transformed the world. The material is ubiquitous in almost all consumer materials. Even still, plastic architecture and structures in which plastic is the primary building material remain sparse and mainly experimental. Firms like Plastique Fantastique and Selgascano are working to change this. This collection exhibits an emerging wave of plastic expression in architecture. Last year’s Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion by Selgascano incorporates two layers of vibrantly coloured Ethylene Tetrafluroethylene plastic, which is wrapped around a white steel frame. URCHIN Impossible Circus by CODA, which was completed this year, is built from 500 borrowed plastic chairs. CODA’s award-winning work is known for its use of an innovative material palette. By using plastic as a primary material, it is on display in both method and manifestation. Technicalities aside, these structures are stunning. The material’s translucency allows light to partially pass through it, rendering shapes and shadows that are completely transfixing. Despite the complexity of their construction, these buildings and installations are inviting, playful and retain a sense of lightness. It is easy to fall deeply enamored with these spaces, so go ahead and take a look. Serpentine Gallery ...
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