Location: Gammel Strand

Period: June 19 – July 14

Plastic has a potential role in establishing more sustainable societies.

In the times to come, building materials need to be sustainable, meaning that they are reusable or recyclable, and preferably made from recycled content. Many of the synthetic materials, plastic, and other polymers have these properties while at the same time being durable, lightweight, cheap, and easy to shape.

Illustrations: TERROIR


The Danish Plastics Federation

Nordiq Group

SP Group


The building industry is faced with a significant need to change as it must meet demands for greater ‘absolute sustainability’. A widespread miscon­ception, based on intuition, emotion, and tradition, is that this can best be achieved by increased use of biogenic materials like fx. wood. However, future ma­terial demands require all sustainable alternatives to be con­sidered, and biomaterial supplies will likely not be sufficient to meet the demand.

Many of the synthetic materials, plastic, and other polymers have these properties while at the same time being durable, lightweight, cheap, and easy to shape.

Therefore, this is the central statement to put forward by the pavilion: Plastic plays a huge role in establishing the sustainable societies.

The pavilion will host agenda-setting and deba­te-generating activities with different actors along the supply chain to elaborate on the agenda with facts and transparency.

“Our message is that synthetic materials are essential to make the building industry more sustainable. Our focus is to use the Plastic Pavilion to host events and exhibitions addressing this topic over a 4 week programme.

It is important to us, that we have a realistic and unbiased dialog about plastic. We must only use plastics where it makes sense. So our pavilion and our activities will have focus on pros and cons, and some of the challenges that we are working on solving, and the innovation needed in the future.”

Thomas Drustrup
Man. Dir, The Plastics Federation


The pavilion is designed for disassembly and reuse, and will be used in other locations afterwards (eg. festivals and outdoor come-togethers)


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