This Climate-Responsive Urban Space is 3D Printed from Recycled Plastic | Urban Lounge

In collaboration with Indexlab, Eco 2 Zone, Exgineering, Design Differente and Eurocooling, Urban Lounge introduces a responsive public space tailored to harness the local climate and surroundings, maximizing user comfort while implementing dynamic microclimate mitigation techniques. This innovative installation seeks to reshape urban outdoor spaces in the fight against climate change. Here is a detailed report on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).


This innovative installation seeks to reshape urban outdoor spaces in the fight against climate change.

By integrating passive and active strategies that align with local climate nuances, Urban Lounge elevates outdoor comfort to new heights. Crafted entirely from recycled and recyclable plastic, the structure’s cladding, substructure and integrated furnishings embody cutting-edge design for manufacturing methodology and digital fabrication. Utilizing 3D-printed recycled plastic fibers, the installation’s fluid lines blend seamlessly with the natural environment.


Crafted entirely from recycled and recyclable plastic, the structure’s cladding, substructure and integrated furnishings embody cutting-edge design for manufacturing methodology and digital fabrication.

Central to the concept is an awe-inspiring tree, surrounded by key components that form a connection between nature and technology. This holistic approach improves the surrounding environment through a trifecta of urban air purification, water nebulization for plant growth promotion and a circadian lighting system. The urban air purifier actively cleanses the air, absorbing harmful substances. Meanwhile, the water misting system maintains a conducive environment for plant vitality and reduces perceived temperatures. An immersive audiovisual system reinforces responsible plastic consumption by educating visitors. The aim is to foster a conscious approach to plastic use and minimize waste generation.


Utilizing 3D-printed recycled plastic fibers, the installation’s fluid lines blend seamlessly with the natural environment.

Urban Lounge installation’s core principle rests on the use of recycled and recyclable plastics, challenging the notion that these materials inherently harm the environment. The true issue lies in their misuse and overuse. By redefining how we view plastic through design, the exhibition transforms waste into a source of inspiration and emotion, catalyzing a shift towards a sustainable future.

Image credit: Pininfarina

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