Introduction: Cardboard Cafe

The cardboard cafe is an outdoor installation made of entirely of corrugated cardboard, and at the end of it’s life will be recycled into a new product packaging.

Step 1: Fabrication Techniques

The cardboard cafe was built with a combination of digital and manual fabrication techniques. Many of the tools and fastening systems are borrowed directly from industrial packaging applications.

Step 2: The Landscape

The cardboard cafe is constructed of 410 cardboard boxes which were aggregated into an artificial landscape that incorporated seating, lounging and greenery.

Step 3: The Construction System

The boxes tessellated in plan and contoured in section. The tessellated box pattern compresses and expands to dynamically adapt to different programmatic uses.

Step 4: Landscape Expanded

Denser areas create opportunities for sitting. Expanded areas are inserted with clusters of planted towers, creating a second topographic layer.

Step 5: Program Opportunities

The branching plan encloses nooks and spaces for sitting and lounging, while remaining open to the surrounding flow of pedestrian movement.

Step 6: Bringing It to Life

The cardboard towers’ perforated leaf patterns and live plantings create a vertical flourish above the primarily horizontal, topographical aggregation of cardboard boxes.

Step 7: Cardboard Cafe

The cardboard cafe creates an informal outdoor lounge area, in a busy pedestrian court.


zzzcool made it! (author)2015-07-01

Great idea...
How are the plants watered? Doesn't water spoil the cardboard around it?

AlinesCardboard made it! (author)2015-03-29

really like it

zikzak1 made it! (author)2014-09-30

Pretty cool. :-) Make it waterproof with boiled linseed oil and itll be stronger too!

IAmMarauder made it! (author)IAmMarauder2014-10-01

Now this sounds interesting. Time to do some research :)

IAmMarauder made it! (author)2014-10-01

This looks really awesome. I might have to see where I can get myself some empty boxes to use.

lindarose92 made it! (author)2014-10-01

Great! I believe that anything can be made with cardboard :) Is it waterproof?

Bhawya made it! (author)2014-09-30

amazing. .

juliaRC made it! (author)2014-09-30

I love it!

watchmeflyy made it! (author)2014-09-30

This is really neat!

Aries0412 made it! (author)2014-09-30

excellent !

TBrickman made it! (author)2014-09-30


seamster made it! (author)2014-09-30

That's pretty neat! The plants are an excellent touch.

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