Amazing Summer Pavilion Made from 200 Upcycled Speedo Swimsuits (Photos)

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This amazing pavilion designed by students at Chelsea College of Art & Design has been on show during the London Festival of Architecture for the last couple of weeks. It is made from the unlikeliest of materials, Speedo swimsuits, and we think it's a fantastic example of the design possibilities that can be found in the upcycling process. Speedo Pavilion Chelsea College of Art photo
Sustainable Design Brief
The 's_pavilion' is the result of a collaborative project between Chelsea College of Art & Design and the famous Speedo swimwear brand, which asked students to look at issues of sustainability, production and use of materials.

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Redundant Swimsuits
Students on Chelsea's Platform 2 were given 600 'LZR racer' swimming suits to find an appropriate use for. Why the LZR racer? And why so many? Well due to recent changes in swimming competition rules this incredibly hi-tech piece of sportswear was made redundant leaving Speedo with hundreds of swimsuits they could no longer sell.

Speedo Pavilion Chelsea College of Art photo
Upcycling Opportunity
While the rule change was bad news for Speedo, it was great news for spatial design students and material engineers at Chelsea who were presented with an excellent opportunity for an upcycling project. Making the most of the swimsuit's high strength textile the group was able to stretch the fabric to its limit in the creation of this rather darkly beautiful tensile structure, reminiscent of natural forms such as spider webs or growing fungi.

Speedo Pavilion Chelsea College of Art photo

The final pavilion, designed using Rhino 3d and Grasshopper digital modeling programs, used 200 of the 600 swimsuits donated by Speedo. We hope to see more variations on the tensile upcycling theme with the remaining 400 suits. Could there be some 's_furniture' in the making?

Speedo Pavilion Chelsea College of Art photo

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