October 2007, Vilnius, Lithuania
Architectural barrier from used refrigerators

The Lithuanian recycling company EMP had mountains of fridges to be recycled in front of their refrigerator recycling plant. The idea was to give the factory a positive visual connection with the Lithuanian landscape and the passing highway. It was more than logical to use semi-recycled fridges (no cooling fluids, no electrics) as a building material, because it was available onsite. We used 800 fridges to build  the 3dimensional wall with windows and a balcony to the surrounding nature. After finishing the construction works we illuminated a chosen amount of fridges creating the so-called ‘Frixel’, a hybrid of fridge and pixel.

dimensions: length 100m, height 4 m
material: one way plastic pallets and cable ties
construction type: brick layout stacking with steel wrap ties
lights: colour tlc

Project by Jan Körbes and Denis Oudendijk
in cooperation with emp recycling, Mantas Sakalauskas, Mantas Lesauskas, Lukas Kirkilonis, Sigurdas Baltranas, Thomas Jasulaitis, Mindaugas Jankauskas, Paulius Savickas

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