An architectural experiment using reclaimed building materials

The Circular Pavilion is an architectural experiment on the reuse of construction materials, brought to you by architects Encore Heureux.


The name Circular Pavilion does not actually describe the shape of the temporary construction, but rather the fabrication process involving recycled components and following the principles of the circular economy.


The façade is clad with 180 doors that would have been thrown away following the restoration of an HBM building in Paris’ 19th arrondissement. While the timber framework is the left-overs of the construction of a retirement home and the duckboards of the outside terrace come from the organization of Paris Plage.

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Moving inside the Circular Pavilion you will find walls and floors constructed from exhibition panels. There are also 50 wooden chairs, lovingly restored and painted, from the Parisian recycling centers. While the ceiling lights made their way over to the Circular Pavilion from the public lighting stocks.     


The architects explain that “With this experimental process, we wanted to demonstrate that access to new material deposits relies on new relationships with those in charge of deconstructing and dismantling buildings. An improved focus on existing resources and materials would allow us to reduce our consumption of primary resources, as well as avoiding the production and accumulation of waste.”

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The Circular Pavilion will be located in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris for three months and will be host to an exhibition, lectures, and meetings. When the structure is dismantled, it will be reinstalled in a permanent location in Paris’ 14th arrondissement and serve as the sports association’s clubhouse.


Images via: Encore Heureux
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