Lightwall Pavilion, the winning submission to the 2012 ReSpace Design Competition, was designed by Abe Drechsler and Scott Hefner, architecture students at North Carolina State University. The multi-purpose structure is 213 square feet and is constructed of reclaimed wood from various sources and glass bottles obtained from restaurants and bars in downtown Raleigh.


Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina, the Triangle chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects), and the Raleigh chapter of Architecture for Humanity, the ReSpace competition aims to increase awareness of reuse materials by showcasing small space designs that incorporates them. The winning design for the ReSpace Design Competition is built by Habitat volunteers and sold to benefit Habitat’s Wake County chapter.

In a video that shows the construction of Lightwall Pavilion, Matthew Szymanski of the Young Architects Forum AIA Triangle, explains that the objective was to make ReSpace more than just a design contest. He feels that tying the submission requirements to reuse, along with the actual building of the project, has provided participants with an experience of working with reuse materials that will inspire them to consider designing and building with reuse materials in the future.ReSpace founder, Joel Lubell, said that designing with reuse materials requires different strategies to identify salvageability and ties builders to the history of the materials.

Lightwall is constructed from salvaged corrugated steel, repurposed standard-sized lumber, and salvaged timber planks. Railroad ties are used as a plinth on which the structure was built. Glass bottles that are stacked into a steel mesh frame create a prism of light from one end of the structure to another.

Even though the online auction to sell the Lightwall Pavilion prototype has ended, you can still gain inspiration from and submit an entry into the 2013 contest that challenges participants to design a transportable studio space with reuse materials.