With recycled, modular materials like these attention-grabbing, widely-available yellow beer crates becoming a popular building component, it was only a matter of time before the ante was upped. If you've already seen this pretty cool freeform pavilion made from 2,000 beer crates, then check out this mind-boggling structure made from 33,000 crates and complete with columns and high-flying arches:
Built by Architects SHSH to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Brussels' 1958 Universal World Fair, this canary wonder faces the rather sci-fi-looking Atomium structure (which also dates back to 1958).
The choice of materials, execution and context poses some interesting questions for the concepts of universalism and progress -- and how they have changed in the last half century. According to the designers:
We desired the contents of the pavilion to ask, 50 years later, what the notions of progress, universalism and happiness had brought in their time through the system of international exhibitions.
Post-consumer beer crates were chosen because
Understanding that the sense of the temporary can only be truly successful when it is free of waste, the pavilion is built using an usual and ephemeral component which after the event returns to its normal daily use.
So from the looks of this project, it seems like we've come a long way from shiny, hypothetical imaginings to a more realistic assessment of what and how a progressive society can build -- especially for these kinds of exhibitions which look to the future. It's a no-frills approach which still manages to provoke and astound.