Marge Arkitekter / SWE

The intentions of PET are to evoke the Nordic traditions of craftsmanship as well as to make use of the qualities of daylight flowing through a layered structure. By creating a grid built up by one singular module – a diagonal slice of a PET-bottle – a light-weight and tactile form is constructed. The cube describes mass, although being almost weightless, and diffuses and reflects the light shining through it, but casts no shadows.

For those of us with small hands, the cube creates an endless amount of bracelets through which you could stretch your arms. For other visitors, the vision through the cube will create spectacular views depending on where you stand. The PET-sections are knitted together with silver-thread, addressing traditional Sami metal embroidery, a type of handicraft found in northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland. 
The choice of the PET material was made because of its recyclable character, but also because of it being plastic – a material sometimes used by Sverre Fehn to form structures that would diffuse the light. 

PET-bottles could be both washed and reused, but also recycled to PET flakes, a raw material for a range of products in society, one of them being new PET-bottles. PET-bottles are also used for solar water disinfection, as unlike most other transparent materials, the bottle is transparent to UV-light.

Materials are often defined as being of a “low” or “high” value within a certain context. By switching the materials’ usual realm, by adapting or by expanding their field of function, that sense of value could be altered with amazing results. Marge Arkitekter is highly interested in how architectural program and materiality affects us in everyday life, as well as whether a certain shift in form, function, and context can expand the way we experience architecture.

Photo: Ilari Järvinen

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