Le Onde

Type Infrastructure
Location Termoli, Italy
Year 2020

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We propose a bus stop canopy based on sustainability principles.
An innovative and multidisciplinary design to involve people in an interactive experience while waiting.
It does not act only as a shelter but it promotes:

– A sustainable design to support the issue related to the plastic pollution of the sea
– A location where smart technology offers useful and entertaining uses
– A pilot project to inspire and foster a wave for change
– An iconic urban furniture designed to enrich people’s experience

The various concepts are expressed through a unique design in recycled plastic with a visual reference to the ocean waves.


We propose a regenerative, carbon negative architectural intervention. The project strategy aims to promote the Circular Economy by introducing a business model which is based on the reuse of the existing material, minimising waste.


Le Onde is a smart and technologically advanced design that aims to use renewable energy to offer people an interactive experience, turning the wait into an active and inspiring moment. An elegant and interactive touch screen will be integrated into one of the canopy modules and it will be supplied by photovoltaic panels which are located above the canopy.

The proposed design seeks to express the potentials of recycled plastic as a construction material. The curved vertical elements in recycled plastic are the primary support system. Each module has been based on a strong relationship between form and structure to allow the material’s configuration to become structurally efficient, maximising its capacity.

The roof is conceived as a pure functional element and integrates the electric, lighting and photovoltaic system.


The proposed recycled plastic is HDPE – high density polyethylene – which is one of the most common types of plastic found in the sea. HDPE has a high strength-to-density ratio, it is a versatile and easy to shape polymer, very resistant and non toxic. The material has interesting mechanical properties, as it is very resistant to high temperatures, UV exposure and commonly used solvents.

The proposed colour is integrated to the material itself and it varies its tones, conferring a unique character to each bus shelter. The material’s texture is enriched with tiny speckles of other colours that vary from a product to another, expressing the recycling process of plastic.

The project aims to emphasize the perception of the recycling process, raise awareness and inform the public opinion.


We propose a modular and prefabricated design to improve the quality of construction, reduce its cost and facilitate the assembly process.
The proposed concept is not limited to a single solution but it can be adapted to suit different uses and configurations to respond to the urban needs.
It is a pilot project to promote a wave for change, using the potentials of a problem to solve another.