Take the abandoned space under a viaduct in a post-industrial neighbourhood. Upcycle it and use it to fuel the idea of the circular economy. This is the RE-Circle Machine, a factory that transforms waste into goods, an interactive experience where you can experience how not to waste… waste.
COULD THE SPACE UNDER A VIADUCT BE REUSED TO TRANSFORM A NEIGHBORHOOD?
The RE-Circle Machine project is a story of Regeneration, Renovation, and Revolution of the neighborhood of Tradeston, Glasgow.
Tradeston can rediscover its past industrial personality and adapt it to become a global example of circular economy neighbourhood, where green manufacturing and people coexist healthily for a: NEW INTERACTIVE, GREEN ECONOMY.
The ‘RE-circle Machine’ is a versatile structure made to be easily disassembled, with recyclable materials and on a ‘recycled’ site. The building reuses the space under the M8 Viaduct and aims to become an economic, as well as social, part of the neighbourhood.
The Machine collects waste from the surroundings, it produces recycled raw materials, and it provides spaces for manufacturing clothes, as well as social and commercial spaces to boost the green business.
A second stage of the project envisions to recycle the entire viaduct by closing it to cars and transforming it into a Green belt for bikers and pedestrians.
This is the RE-Circle Machine, a factory that transforms waste into goods, and an interactive experience where you can learn how not to waste… waste.
Axonometric of the Machine
View of the Machine located under the M8 Viaduct, showing both the viaduct and the future possibility of transforming the bridge into a 'green belt'.
Diagram: how to position the Machine.
The structure lies on a 'Recycled' site (the space under the M8 bridge) and it is built with recycled and recyclable materials.
Diagrams: the chain of production of the Machine.
The Machine works in chain: the plastic is collected from the surroundings, recycled, trasformed into textile products and, in the end, clothes to be sold and shipped. The machine includes shops and a theatre.
The modular spaces are shaped around the monumental structure of the bridge. The circulation spaces are more irregular, providing also teaching and exhibition spaces (in red). This floor hosts part of the manufacturing units.
Method of construction
The Diagram shows how the structure is a mix between a timber and a steel structure, and how this interacts with the existing concrete structure of the bridge.