Natural Transformations

Transforming old wooden pallets into quality usable items, – as well as transforming peoples lives…

Pallettable Spaces – Made from Construction Site Leftovers!

We at Natural Transformations cannot take any credit for this very practical and creative ‘work of art’, the Skjermveien Kindergarten, though love its concept and design.  We work with old industrial wooden pallets, and you can clearly see the short pieces of wood and identical to the types of lengths of wood you can retrieve from old wooden pallets.

Here’s what said on the original link – which is also below.

Together with the standard playground facilities we wished to combine an enclosed space for fire, storytelling and playing.

Given a very limited budget and reusing leftover materials from a nearby construction site was the starting point of the Skjermveien Kindergarten – that led the design to be based on short pieces of wood.

Inspired by the Norwegian turf huts and the construction of old wood cabins; a 5 – 2×4 – 5 metres wooden construction was built and mounted on a brushed concrete base.

The structure is then made up of 80-layered circles. The circles have varied radiuses and a relative centre point in relation to each other.

Every circle is made out of 28 pieces of natural pine [impregnated to preserve] that are placed with varied spaces to assure the chimney effect, and to permit natural light to filter through.

Oak separators are placed vertically between the pine pieces so as to assure this airflow and allowing easy drying of the pine pieces.   A double curved sliding door was designed for locking the structure.

Skjermveien Kindergarten
Client: Trondheim Municipality
Trondheim, Norway – 2009
Prizes: Trondheims Byggeskikkspris 2010, AR Awards 2009, Project of the year 2010
Photos: Jason Havenraas and Unni Skogvoll – Source:

Natural Transformations is a new non-profit community based project and idea, that ultimately the success of such a scheme is going to depend on its volunteers.

Where we’ll be transforming old industrial wooden pallets, car tyres and even corrugated cardboard boxes into something quite unique, usable and recycled; – yet there’s much more to us than just recycling old pallets, tyres and cardboard, for our aim is to help transform other peoples lives…that who knows, may even have an effect on you?

We’re hoping to work with those who have perhaps been deemed the long-term unemployed, people with criminal convictions who find it very difficult to find regular employment.  Or even those recovering from drug addiction or alcohol problems, that effects people from all walks of life, it has no class barriers, though they must be clean to enter this program.  And those on life long medication for mental illness, such as Schizophrenia. We also intend to create work-experience places working within this environment, alongside apprenticeships and other types of training and woodworking courses in general.

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