Shipping palettes are finding a new lease on life within the walls of retail stores.
Design firm Loop Creative has unveiled a project that sees a pop-up studio and retail store make entirely out of salvaged shipping pallets.
The space was designed for Brand X, a not-for-profit arts organisation that sources repurposed spaces for artists.
Described as a “creative playground,” the shop will span 1,100 square metres and will offer retail space, productivity and collaboration space for local and international artists. It will be able to be converted into a concert venue or event space in the evening.
The community will also be invited to utilise the space and exercise their own creativity whether they’re creating something, visiting an exhibition or participating in a networking event.
Aesthetically, the up-cycled wooden pallets exude an industrial, loft-inspired feel to the space. The wood is fairly light in colour with the timber’s original markings offering warmth and a natural, clean canvas.
Brand X’s shop takes up the entire third level of Jean Nouvel’s One Central Park in Sydney. It will be part of the six floors of retail entitled “Central” within the mixed use residential tower.
The space, which is set to stay open for six months, is designed to offer ever-changing interconnecting spaces and a program that features a revolving menu of activities and events.
Loop Creative has demonstrated both the aesthetic and environmental benefits of up-cycling the pallets along with the adaptability the material has to work from floors, walls and furniture.
According to Australia’s Business Recycling, “approximately 140,000 tonnes of waste wood pallets and crates is sent to landfills in Sydney alone each year. If this was commercially recycled, that would be the equivalent ‘everyday’ savings of 840,000 households’ energy use for a month.”
Last year, the CLAE pop-up shop by Polish architectural design studio Mode:lina was also made of wooden shipping palettes along with lightweight cardboard boxes.
The wooden pallets were untreated and sourced from euro pallets used during KontenerART.
Mode:lina is renowned for its ecological focus and applied the wooden pallets to create wall partitions, furniture and raised floors while the cardboard box materials acted as point of sale shelving for CLAE’s products.
“The challenge was to maximise the shopping experience using the lowest budget possible due to shop’s temporality,” said Mode:lina.
Dubbeldam Architecture + Design also created an innovative pop-up concept for Toronto’s Interior Design Show 2013.
The project saw the firm win two interior design awards and one international award for the project, which was constructed entirely from discarded shipping pallets and their frames.
The design brief was focused on creating an adaptable workspace through the creation of four modular units designed for individual work and collaboration, suitably titled: Focus, Collaborate, Lounge and Refuel.
Each modular unit was required to house a work surface and an electrical outlet for technology while the interiors worked to provide seating and storage.
“There has been a profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static,” Dubbeldam said of the project. “Mobility, adaptability and flexibility are the new key elements of the modern office.”
“The possibilities are endless; easily transported, reconfigurable and rapidly deployed, pop-up offices are designed for short term use, atypical applications such as outdoor festivals or disaster relief situations, or start-ups looking for modest office space.”