In ProjectsJuly 10, 20233 Minutes

Nagami & Ecoalf: Sustainable Retail Design with 3D-Printed Interiors

In an era where sustainability and technology intersect, Spanish design brand Nagami and sustainable clothing brand Ecoalf have collaborated to create a unique retail space that embodies their shared commitment to eco-friendly practices. The Ecoalf store in Las Rozas Village, Madrid, is a testament to the power of innovative design and recycled materials, with its interior almost entirely 3D printed from recycled plastic.

The store’s interior, designed by Nagami, is a striking visual representation of a melting glacier, a metaphor for the urgent issue of climate change. The walls, shelves, and display tables are crafted from 3.3 tonnes of repurposed plastic waste, primarily sourced from hospitals. This plastic has been transformed into translucent surfaces that mimic the appearance of melting glaciers, creating a unique and immersive shopping experience.

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Nagami utilized a robotic arm equipped with a custom-built extruder to 3D print the complex forms that make up the store’s interior. This innovative approach to design and manufacturing not only highlights the potential of 3D printing technology but also serves as a powerful statement on the climate crisis. The undulating forms that cover almost all of the store’s internal surfaces pushed the robotic printing technology to its limit, demonstrating the potential of this technology in creating unique and sustainable designs.

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The Ecoalf store is the first fully 3D-printed interior completed by Nagami, and it may be the first in the world to be fully 3D-printed using recycled plastic. This project was completed in a remarkably short lead time of just three months from design to installation, showcasing the efficiency of 3D printing technology.

The design of the store goes beyond aesthetics, reflecting the ethos of both Nagami and Ecoalf. Both companies are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. Ecoalf creates clothing, footwear, and accessories using recycled materials, including plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets, used tyres, and post-industrial wool and cotton. Similarly, Nagami uses recycled plastic in a closed-loop production process to create furniture, sculptures, interiors, and architectural elements.

The store’s design also ensures that the materials used can be disassembled and reused or recycled for future projects. The plastic itself is almost infinitely recyclable, losing just one per cent of its structural performance with each new use, according to Nagami.

Ecoalf store in Las Rozas Village, Madrid, is a pioneering example of sustainable retail design. Through the innovative use of 3D printing technology and recycled materials, Nagami and Ecoalf have created a space that not only provides a unique shopping experience but also raises awareness about the importance of sustainable practices and the urgent issue of climate change. This project serves as a powerful reminder of the potential of design and technology in creating a more sustainable future.

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All photography is by Alfonso-Quiroga unless otherwise stated.