Plastic Walls?

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  1. Carcano Valued Senior Member

    People obviously love the plastic architecture seen in Science Fiction films:

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    So, why do we not see glossy plastic walls being incorporated into modern interior design???
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  3. jmpet Valued Senior Member

    Plastic scratches and gets dull, my guess.

    But I do have a 7 foot by 5 foot plastic "glass block" window in one room of my house... you can't make a real glass one that big.
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  5. granpa Registered Senior Member

    People would buy them if they just werent called 'plastic'. If, instead, they were called 'resin' then people would be much quicker to buy them.

    the word 'plastic' itself is used to mean that something is cheap and artificial.

    'plastic' desparately needs a makeover.
    'plastic' materials are no longer cheap imitations of 'real' products.
    plastic has amazing properties that no other material has.
    Its possible to do things with plastic that cant be done with other materials.
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  9. Facial Valued Senior Member

    I'm a large supporter of using recycled plastic for structural purposes, but when used as a wall of some sort you might end up with something more expensive. It's just that people prefer traditional types of material such as masonry, wood, and drywall to apply paint to. They have a more solid feel, and do not warp with thermal expansion, which is several orders of magnitude greater for plastic materials.

    The emissions from plastic materials are a concern for large surfaces, which can mean chronic exposure from aromatic hydrocarbons.

    But don't get me wrong; plastics are fantastic for other purposes. For example, melamine ware is starting to become dominant over china in asian restaurants, since it is virtually shatter-proof.
  10. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Yep, can't be easily fixed, sanded or repainted. It's the same reason plastic "no maintenance" siding looks so bad.
  11. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    Yuck! What's "traditional" about drywall? The technology is only about 100 years old. It's cheap, easy to work with... and trashy!
  12. ScaryMonster I’m the whispered word. Valued Senior Member


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    Pierre Cardin 's bubble house by Antti Lovag, also Called Palais Bulles (bubbles palace) this house near Cannes was started to be built from 1975 for French industrialist Pierre Bernard, and sold in 1989 by Sothebys to fashion designer Pierre Cardin.

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    As a child, Antti Lovag was already building igloos in Scandinavia, linked by corridors. He studied naval architecture, and enrolled other courses until he eventually get bored: public works, urbanism and art at Beaux-Arts de Paris. He doesn't have the architect diploma. One of his teachers gave him "a planetary consciousness, and a freedom to think without any regulation". He used to travel and practise the more perilous sports.

    According to him, he has never been concerned with aesthetic. The façade results from the inside and the windows are positioned depending on the views and sun. "Deciding what is beautiful and what is ugly, it's fascism."

    Antti Lovag has also taught self-construction.

    He's the author of four realisations in the French Riviera including one owned by British tycoon Tom Bloxham. The maison du Rouréou in Tourrettes sur Loup is one of the rare houses in France of this period to be registered as an historic monument
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