Though opinion differs on whether wooden pallets are a truly "palletable" building material (groan-inducing pun intended), they are nevertheless, abundant in number and extremely versatile in application, be it furniture, refugee housing or even gardening. Using salvaged wooden pallets, Italian design firm Avatar Architettura transformed flat pallets into this gorgeous, geometric pavilion for Villa Romana's German Institute of Culture, located in Florence, Italy.
Created as a temporary outdoor multifunctional space for arts and performances, the recycled pallet pavilion uses a series of customized metal joints to hold together slices of the original pallets, which are stacked and assembled in a diamond-shaped pattern.
Put together in only four days, the prefabricated 100 square feet pavilion uses a huge PVC covering to shield visitors from the elements -- admittedly, not the best environment-friendly choice. But the pavilion itself can be disassembled and transported easily, so at least the structure can be reused in the years to come.