Here’s a building design likely to grab its fair share of attention from curious passers-by. AME-LOT is a building project by Stephane Malka of Malka Architecture, an architectural firm which places great stock in sustainability.
The AME-LOT project, destined for rue Amelot in Paris, aims to curb the unnecessary production of materials, using what is already on hand and unavailable—in this case wooden pallets—thus minimising its carbon footprint.
On the Malka Architecture site, elements of the project are described as follows:
- The skin consists of an existing module: the wooden pallet.
- Held using horizontal hinges, the pallets contract towards the top, allowing privacy or large openings.
- The modularity of the various palettes creates varied geometries, which are based on use and constantly regenerated.
- The reappropriation of materials recycles the existing without additional processing, which would cost energy in terms of production and create byproduct pollution.
- The real environmental approach consists not in destruction, but in superimposing interventions upon our built heritage.
- It consists of a new land strategy, unreferenced on a parcel, constructed in a de facto “ecology” of means.