Trash Machine


School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design
Students | Man Hin Ivan Yan, Max Sopher

• Trash Machine – a waste-to-energy plant, recycling facility, and nightclub in Williamsburg – juxtaposes the energetic flow of humans with the energetic flow of waste. As people move through the building, converting their energy into dance moves, the kinetic energy is converted into electricity, driving the conveyor belts. The waste-to-energy process converts trash to electricity, which charges vehicles and feeds back into the local grid. The community feeds the machine, and the machine feeds the community.

Elevation of the project, with heated pools generating fog around its funnel legs, propping up the curving form that rises above the waters edge. A barge stands nearby the open bay doors of the ground floor, waiting for bale collection.
The fulfillment of our daily needs creates unsightly mountains of trash teetering on the edge of sidewalks. Humans are waste; waste is human. What if instead of rejecting it, we embraced the lifecycle of waste and our place in it? What if we partied with our trash?
Exploded axonometric detailing the snaking conveyor belts that surround the dance spaces, creating spaces of strange and delightful haptic spaces.
The programmatic overlap of waste-processing and entertainment allows for strange and delightful haptic experiences. Enclosed recycling conveyor belts rumble and snake through dance halls aboveground; thumping dance spaces snake around the trash and recycling tipping halls below.
Elevation at night, with nightclub functions and community energy output.
Internal documentation of the processes and duality of the trash flow and dancers.
Exterior ground view showing off the combined vegetation and exterior programs of the building.
Axonometric building chunk and building details.
Environmental systems and functions.