by Atelier CMJN

The projet is a recycling center made of recycled cars. Because of the development of the public transportation system and the depletion of their resources, personal vehicles are going to become obsolete and their number will significantly decrease. Instead of throwing them, we will use them as resources. Composed of 74% of metal, they provide good material for construction. Therefore, manufactured products which have polluted their entire life are the base of our new environmental device. In its functioning, it uses and recycles all of its energies. It provides new materials and services to the city. It is a wonderful laboratory which experiments a new kind of project that inverts the current one way process turning resources into wastes. We dream of a project that would turn wastes back into resources, something that would looks like:

Wastes + Pollution + CO2 -> Resources + O2

Credit: Atelier CMJN

We aim at reversing the flows that turn resources into wastes. Ultimately, all the products should circulate, all the technical nutrients should circulate in the technical sphere, and all the natural nutrients should be reused in the natural sphere. All the gas that are produced should be consumed somewhere else. Verticality and horizontality is over. Let’s cycle.

The monument itself is, by its shape, a tribute to cycling. LO2P is a metaphor of cycles, of the production of oxygen, of a real change of relationship with nature. The building takes advantage of all the energy it produces, makes use of all its wastes. The one way resource to waste process is over, the relationship between man and nature is here based on cycles. It combines efficient, state of the art separation processes, purifying of the air through natural processes, renewable energies and production of renewable fuel for vehicles. Finally, the whole ring cleans up the major environmental problem in Delhi: the suspended particle matters. Through a series of rotating filters, the particles are sucked up and trapped in a net, thus cleaning up the air. It becomes a major actor, an urban device which understands and helps the city.


The recycling loop aims at closing up the loop of traffic within Delhi. All the impacts of the car are tackled in this project. The materials used to produce cars are separated and purified thanks to the center powered by renewable energies that produces resources from manufactured products. The waste heat and carbon dioxide from the recycling center are used to grow plants that are transformed into biofuels, together with the natural nutrients from the wastes. The wastes become resources, unwanted gas under normal conditions such as carbon dioxide becomes valuable gas that enter into the growth of the plants. Eventually, by curving the material flows, all wastes become valuable materials and all materials enter complete cycles.

Credit: Atelier CMJN

The recycling loop becomes an integral part of Delhi’s life by using the wastes, turning them into valuable materials, producing biofuels to use renewable sources of energy and cleaning up the air. It brings industrial materials to the industrial sphere and contributes to enhance the competitiveness of the local industries. It provides clean energy for the neighborhood; it permanently grows trees that are planted throughout the city in order to further clean it up. It’s the starting point of a new relationship between man and nature.


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