Of the 350 million magazines that are published each year, a meager 20% are recycled. PaperWall looks to intervene within the paper waste cycle, offering an alternative destination for 30,000 magazines this summer. Initiating the recycling process, PaperWall proposes a hands-on structure which uses stacks of magazines as the building blocks of its walls. Each wall tapers in thickness and height, activating various forms of inhabitation within. From a 3’-0” perch to a 10’-0” enclosure, the walls transform continuously along their length, providing gathering spaces, private retreats, and seating alcoves which are carved out of the magazines which comprise them.
Structurally, PaperWall consists of two loadbearing walls, each made of 15,000 magazines formed into modular bundles. The bundles are held together with zipties, drilled, and threaded onto vertical support pipes. Reclaimed panels are scattered throughout the bundles, providing lateral support for the walls within as well as waterproofing at the top of each magazine stack. In the center of the pavilion, vertical members are tied together by aircraft cable to create a canopy made of laminated magazine louvers. This enables simultaneous enclosure from the summer sun and exposure to views beyond. Accessory seating is provided by loose bundles scattered between pavilion walls.
By utilizing magazines as the building block of its structure, PaperWall not only mitigates the paper waste landfill burden, but also advocates for city-wide literacy. PaperWall would looks to partner with local schools, shelters, and community centers, to provide a venue for hosting literary programs, reading groups, and cultural events throughout the summer. As part of the summer 2015 programming, visitors will be encouraged to bring their own magazines to the site- sparking a city wide magazine swap within the pavilion walls, activating Governor’s Island as a place for learning for all.
In Collaboration With: RAW
Location: Governor's Island, New York, NY