Up to 17 May, World Recycling Day, Plaza Juan Goytisolo in Madrid – in front of the Reina Sofía Museum – hosts a pavilion made of prefabricated plastic elements that will later be entirely reused and recycled. A work of the Madrid practice of Ignacio de la Vega and Pilar Cano-Lasso, it is part of a campaign to conscientize the public to use plastic properly. The different kinds of plastic that went into the construction were selected on the basis of recyclability, structural behavior, and degree of transparency.
Set up in two days and containing 73.5 square meters of space, the Plastic Museum presents a clear-cut volume – chopped by methacrylate ribs – where the color white predominates in a combination of transparent, translucent, and opaque surfaces. The seven 20 mm structural frames are composed of beams and pillars that form thick U’s. The self-supporting enclosure is made of white polyethylene, and the roof uses white multicelular polycarbonate, this material being lightweight and insulated.