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The Circular Pavilion / Encore Heureux Architects

  • 05:00 - 21 December, 2015
The Circular Pavilion / Encore Heureux Architects
The Circular Pavilion / Encore Heureux Architects, © Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

© Cyrus Cornut © Cyrus Cornut Courtesy of Encore Heureux © Cyrille Weiner + 17

  • Director

    Alexandre Labasse
  • Communication

    Kim Le, Marion Dambrin, Julien pansu
  • Project Management

    Encore Heureux Architects
  • Design Team

    Nicola Delon and Julien Choppin, Sonia Vu, Mathilde Billet, Emmanuelle Cassot, Guillaume Bland
  • Environnemental Technical Research

  • Illustrations

  • Graphism

    Camping design
  • Carpenter

  • Second-fix

    Ville de Paris / Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine - Services Techniques des Bâtiments Tertiaires (STGCAI, SABA, SALPA)
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

« In the history of humankind reuse is a common thing, whether it was bricks and stones of obsolete buildings, already existing foundations and supporting walls or whole buildings »

Jean-Marc Huygen, Architect

A singular building, the Circular Pavilion has nothing round. The name describes the process, which follows the circular economy principles, according to which ones’ waste become others’ ressources. 

© Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

Faced with the depletion of natural resources and aims for the «Zero Metropolis Waste» ambition, this pavilion demonstrates the potential of re-use in architecture, which fits in the context of COP 21 (the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Paris. About 60% of the implemented materials here finds a second life.

© Cyrille Weiner
© Cyrille Weiner

Wastes taken from construction sites, erroneous orders or unused stocks : each of the materials implemented has its own story. 180 wooden doors, deposited during a housing rehabilitation operation in Paris’ 19th district, form the facade. Inside, the isolation uses mineral wool removed from a supermarket roof.

Axonometric 1
Axonometric 1

The wooden framework is made of extras from the construction site of a retirement home while the ground and the partition walls consist of former exhibition’s walls. Outside, the terrace is built with the wood of Paris Beach event.

Courtesy of Encore Heureux
Courtesy of Encore Heureux

When it comes to the furnitures, 50 wooden chairs were collected from Parisian bulky waste, fixed and painted, and the hanging lights come from the public lighting storage. At the exception of the framework and impermeability, all the work was done by the technical services of Paris City Hall.


With this experimental process, we wanted to demonstrate that access to new materials deposits rely on new relationships with the ones in charge of deconstructing and dismantling buildings, the ones who salvage and implement materials.

© Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

An improved focus on the already existing resources and materials would allow to reduce our consumption of primary resource as well as avoid the production and accumulation of wastes that then need to be dealt with. It an ongoing research toward an architecture characterized by sobriety and pertinence.

© Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

While implanted on the parvis de l’Hôtel de Vill, the pavilion will host exhibitions, workshops, lectures and debates. At the beginning of year 2016, the Circular Pavilion will be dismantled and reinstalled permanently in Paris’ 14th district as a sports association’s clubhouse.

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Cite: "The Circular Pavilion / Encore Heureux Architects" 21 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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