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42 PalletCentral • January-February 2015 palletcentral.com he city of Barcelona is known for its quirky, cosmopolitan vibe as well as its innovative artistic and architectural tradition. In recent years, this Catalonian city has become a pioneer in creative urban design using upcycled materials, such as wooden pallets. Located in the heart of Barcelona's Eixample district, near Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia church, is a contemporary example of Barcelona's legendary design spirit, the AILAIC Exhibition Hall. Within the hall, pallets and other recycled materials serve as artistic yet fully functional design elements. The hall was constructed in 2012 by Architects Luis Twose Roura + TwoBo arquitectura with collaborators Enrique Batista and Òpera enginyers for Azulius & Efímero S.L. The AILAIC building was originally built as an aluminum frame factory and later converted into a parking lot. The space has a strong industrial presence, due to its high ceilings, concrete walls and floor, and the brilliant sunlight from overhead skylights that washes the interior. In rehabilitating and repurposing the building, the designers' aim was to retain and enhance the spirit of the original structure, making the most of its sturdy bones while transforming the premises into a contemporary exhibition and meeting area. The designers placed three wooden boxes in the main exposition area, giving the sense that a boy had just been playing with his wooden blocks. The exteriors of the boxes are rough, reused wooden pallets, in keeping with the industrial character of the room. Inside each box is a warm, comfortable domestic space furnished with vintage furniture. Transforming Pallets into Art and Architecture: The AILAIC Exhibition Hall Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture, Albert Rusi and Jorge Arberas. T

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