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Inside the World's Largest Structure Made From Milk Cartons

Here's another project to add to the ever-growing list of buildings made from unorthodox materials: a pavilion built ground-up from 45,000 recycled milk cartons. Tetrabrik Pavilion, in Grenada, Spain, was built in 2011 by CUAC Arquitectura and Sugarplatform to fête World Recycling Day; made from cartons collected from more than 100 colleges in Granada, the structure went on to set the Guinness World Record for largest structure built from recycled materials, standing about 100 feet long by 50 feet wide. The project—which was eventually taken en masse to a recycling plant—looks a lot like the world's pavilions built from books, which makes sense, considering both materials are vaguely brick-like and easily stackable. That said, milk cartons have an important edge: the fact that they're so lightweight means there can be more overhanging details, like the zig-zaggy pattern that spans one of the structures "hallways." The construction team, composed largely of architecture students, locked each piece together using clips, with sandbags to keep the whole shebang—particularly that turret—from blowing away. Spotlighted today on Architizer, Tetrabrik Pavilion has yet to be outdone—perhaps 2013 will be a lucky year for some ambitious architect with a rabid enthusiasm for recycled goods? In the mean time, more photos below.

· Pavilion Constructed Out Of Milk Cartons Sets Guinness World Record [Architizer]
· Oddball Architecture: Spaces Made From Jell-O, Gems, More! [Curbed National]
· Books as Bricks: Amazing Architecture Made From Literature [Curbed National]