Lendager Group Designs for Disassembly in Milan

Lendager Group was founded with the aim of being the most sustainable Danish architectural firm. Design for Disassembly, their latest Milan project (or DfD for short), was inspired by growing concerns about resource usage and low recycling rates within the construction industry. Their circular economy inspired work was created using chairs made of ocean plastic. It was also designed to be disassembled.

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The original design of the Denmark Pavilion was for the Tokyo Olympics. It was inaugurated at Milan Design Week 2021. It was jointly developed by Visit Denmark, Realdania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It now serves as a touring pavilion. It was an innovative and sustainable project that deserves attention. It was part of Rossana Orlandis TrasFormationVillage, which was located in the courtyard at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Milan. This was where the Danish travel pavilion stood out as the most ambitious and largest.

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The team points out that over 500 chairs were made from industrial waste plastic and plastic from the ocean. The pavilion’s floor is made of recycled wood, and the roof is made from roofing shingles made with waste plastics from Ugandan refugee camps. The pavilion was dedicated to learning and featured an exhibition about circular economies through architecture.

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Anders Lendager (CEO) reviewed the initial brief for Tokyo’s design. He pointed out that the Japanese association with Denmark was a key part of the initial design phase. Craftmanship and design stood out for me. A museum in Tokyo displays Danish design chairs. This is dedication! We wanted to be a part of this story. After stacking a few wooden dining chairs in the meeting room, we were convinced.

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Andrea Cutieru, an architect, points out the DfD process requires a lot planning at the start of the design phase. You should also consider strategies and principles to ensure the object’s value long after its completion. Events such as the Olympics and Milan Design Week have been known to consume materials. This can lead to waste. The Lendager Group developed a sustainable model for Denmark Pavilion’s exhibition that is both practical and suitable in international and local contexts. The pavilion of chairs was designed to be disassembled so that the parts could be used in other buildings.