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A collaboration between Measured Architecture (design), Powers Construction (build) and Unbuilders (materials), Restock is an examination of the environmental footprint of a building.



A zero-waste design for IDS Vancouver 2019’s central bar, Restock was inspired by the show’s theme of Design DNA. With its use of old-growth lumber, Tyvek, building paper and vapour barriers — materials that constitute a home on a typical 33’ x 122’ Vancouver lot — the collaborative team sought to radically rethink residential demolition.


Measured Architecture really hit the nail on the head – without using any nails – with Restock, a surprisingly moving homage to upcycled materials.”

Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Azure Magazine


The aim of Measured, Powers and Unbuilders was to disrupt unsustainable practices through a commitment to considered, environmentally focused approaches. To maintain the integrity of the materials, which were repurposed at the end of the show, Measured’s design called for no drill holes or cuts, with each piece connected instead through clips or straps.



Measured designed a barcode system for the bar to catalogue the different ways building materials are salvaged. The gaps in the barcode provided spectators with glimpses of the cozy interior and invited them into the structure — a feature of and gathering point for the show. Another access point provided those within with direct views of the main stage.

Restock is ultimately a catalyst for change: an honest representation as well as a celebration of salvage materials, and a use that promotes awareness and positive decision-making in the construction industry.

True to its design, at the end of the show, 85% of the structure was recycled and 15% repurposed. No materials headed to a landfill.