The plastic igloo structure PolyShell, created by engineer Søren Jensen, is a large curved shelter that is constructed to prove the functionality of thin materials for building.
Through attempting to research how extremely thin materials with barely any stiffness could be used to construct large enclosing structures, the designer created this plastic igloo. Using digital technology that has made many feats of engineering and architecture easier to accomplish, the PolyShell is a large white structure, which has a surface that looks like a compound eye.
The plastic igloo is also environmentally friendly as it is made from 100% recycled polypropylene sheets. The PolyShell igloo could have important implications for the purposes of building homes and other structures with repurposed and limited materials.
The PolyShell is an Igloo Constructed Out of Recycled Plastic
1. Recycled Plastic Buildings - The PolyShell igloo demonstrates the potential for creating repurposed and environmentally friendly structures using recycled materials.
2. Digital Fabrication - The use of digital technology in creating the PolyShell igloo demonstrates the potential for easier engineering and architecture feats in construction.
3. Thin Material Construction - The creation of the PolyShell igloo shows the potential for constructing large enclosing structures using extremely thin materials with minimal stiffness.
1. Construction Material Manufacturing - There is opportunity for creation of new manufacturing methods for recycled plastic sheet materials, and new business models for their use in constructing environmentally-conscious buildings.
2. Architecture - Architects may explore the potential for using thin materials to create large structures with minimal environmental impact, and develop new cost-effective building methodologies.
3. Sustainability Consulting - There is opportunity in providing consulting services to companies interested in exploring environmentally responsible building materials and methodologies, including the use of recycled plastics and thin construction materials.