Monday, November 4, 2013

Nike Builds Concept Store from Trash


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Nike's concept store in Shanghai was built completely out of trash and recylced materials by Miniwiz Sustainable Development. Photo: Miniwiz Sustainable Development

Nike’s concept store in Shanghai was built completely out of trash and recylced materials by Miniwiz Sustainable Development. Photo: Miniwiz Sustainable Development
When sports and athletic apparel retail giant Nike opened its concept store in China earlier this year, it took the idea of recycling to a whole new level. The Shanghai store, which was designed by the Taiwan-based architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development, is called the Nike X158 Hyper Nature — and it’s made completely out of trash.
With no virgin materials to be found, the building has gained acclaim for its forward-thinking approach to construction. In addition to using all recycled materials, the construction was done without the use of any glue — which means the materials used to build the facility can all be re-recycled down the line.
Among the items used to construct the modern, urban building are:
  • More than 50,000 used CDs and DVDs
  • More than 5,000 drink cans
  • 2,000 post-consumer recycled water bottles, which were used to make nearly 7,000 feet of tension cables
In addition, the ceiling — which is made of the recycled compact discs and DVDs — is reinforced with a natural organic material called Rice Husk Si02.
Since forming in 2006, Miniwiz has built its reputation as a leader in creating such forward-thinking models of sustainability. Its products include PolliBricks, a wall system made completely of recycled PET bottles, and Natrilon, a fiber made from 100 percent recycled PET.
The company also makes iPhone cases, called Re-Cases, out of 100 percent trash products, and also designed the EcoARK, a nine-story building in Taipei, Taiwan, made from more than 1.5 million plastic bottles. The builiding features natural ventilation, solar power and even an exterior waterfall.
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