Building material of the future
When they built the prototypes for the sauna they started by using conventional methods, such as gluing, taping and folding the paper. They soon realized it wasn’t working and moved on to testing more traditional construction methods. They screwed, drilled and dipped large pieces of paper into glue, until they got the effects they were looking for.
– Using conventional construction methods on an unconventional material ultimately created very cool effects. The screws pulled into the sheets of paper and created patterns in the surface which led to us achieving a much better result. Paper is very rewarding to work with, as it’s incredibly adaptable, has plenty of resilience and does not require any advanced tools. We constantly strived to achieve ‘paperness’. It was important that people really feel like the construction was made of paper, says My.
The project has led to one burning question: Could paper really be used as a future building material? Both Bodil and My are cautiously enthusiastic about this. They believe more and more people will experiment with paper as they explore different building methods, but there is clearly a long way to go. Paper is a living material that needs to be refined in order to be used for a more practical purpose.
– We need the right kind of project to be able to experiment further, but we think that paper will be used more for interior design, for example. Building houses may be a bit further away, although there are architects who have tried different cardboard materials. We look forward seeing more people using paper as it contributes to so many opportunities, says Bodil.