Fes­ti­val Struc­tu­res out of Recycled Mate­rial

The Left Over Pro­ject – chill zone pavil­lions for the Var­jo Fes­ti­val made from recycled mate­rial col­lec­ted from near­by areas

Struc­tu­res built out of recycled mate­rials are an efficient way to reduce car­bon emis­sions of fes­ti­vals and offer com­forts for atten­dees. The Left Over Pro­ject trial hel­ped the Var­jo Fes­ti­val orga­nizers to reduce the costs of fes­ti­val struc­tu­res as well as their envi­ron­men­tal impact.

Inno­va­tion Trial

The Var­jo Fes­ti­val orga­nizers wan­ted to offer new chil­lout spaces for the atten­dees in the fes­ti­val area. The Left Over Pro­ject trial pro­duced two pavil­lions that were made out of was­te mate­rial acqui­red from local associa­tions and com­pa­nies.

All ways of car­bon emis­sion reduc­tion were con­si­de­red in the design and con­struc­tion of the pavil­lions. For example, we tried to mini­mize trans­port and elect­rici­ty con­sump­tion as well as to impro­ve care­ful resource cont­rol with local cont­rac­tors. The goal was tuo build the pavil­lions at at least 50/50 ratio of recycled and new mate­rial and to acqui­re the mate­rials wit­hin a 3 km radius from the fes­ti­val area.


75 % of the mate­rials used in the pavil­lons was recycled and acqui­red from, for example, the recycling cent­re, con­struc­tion sites and cont­rac­tor ware­houses. Only struc­tu­ral wood­parts, metal rein­force­ments and screws were acqui­red as new.

By using recycled mate­rial, 437,48 CO2xkg of emis­sions were avoi­ded. Trans­por­ta­tion car­bon emis­sions were mini­mal as the struc­tu­res were only moved 1,2 km. If simi­lar pavil­lions were built out of new mate­rials, such as wood, the impact would be small but nega­ti­ve nevert­he­less. A model built out of metal and tex­ti­le mate­rials would have had a sig­ni­ficant­ly lar­ger impact.

The atten­dees also embraced the pavil­lions! They were welco­me chil­ling spots at the blazing hot Var­jo Fes­ti­val whe­re one could hide from the scorc­hing sun.

The struc­tu­re was desig­ned to be modu­lar and easy to ins­tall so that the pavil­lions would be easy to move if nee­ded. Con­si­de­ring recycled mate­rial use during the desig­ning eases the alte­ring of ele­ments because their sha­pe can be chan­ged wit­hout touc­hing the pavil­lions ove­rall sha­pe. After the fes­ti­val, the pavil­lions were moved to Piki­saa­ri exten­ding the life cycle of the mate­rials even furt­her. After many late sum­mer volun­teer work days the struc­tu­res found new life as public sau­nas in Hai­luo­to Brewery’s Mallassauna’s back yard in Piki­saa­ri.