Speedo has partnered once again with students from Chelsea College of Art and Design’s Interior and Spatial Design Bachelor’s Degree course to extend the legacy of the now obsolete Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit.

Unveiled at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition that takes place at London’s ExCel Centre from 1st–3rd March 2011, the Speedo LZR Racer inspired structure titled ‘Space of Waste’ is an intriguing pavilion which forms a journey through the venue. Taking the form of a ‘living’ pavilion, the structure contrasts natural alongside man-made materials by weaving willow with a tactile ‘skin’ created using recycled Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits. The living properties of the willow potentially allow the structure to continue to grow beyond completion.

Speedo Space of Waste

The structure focuses on the complete deconstruction of the Speedo LZR Racer fabric with the suits cut into thin strips before being remanufactured through various knitting and weaving techniques, exploring the different properties of the material and how it can be adapted for a use completely removed from its original purpose.

‘Space of Waste’ marks the latest in a line-up of sustainable collaborations implemented by Speedo since FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), the world’s governing body of swimming, introduced new rules regarding swimsuit design in January 2010. Speedo’s first collaboration with Chelsea College of Art and Design was 2010’s ‘S_Pavilion’, which was made from 200 Speedo LZR Racer suits shaped around Forest Stewardship Council certified timber and received widespread acclaim after being displayed at the London Architectural Festival.

David Robinson, President of Speedo International said:

“Speedo is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, and we are delighted to be working with Chelsea College of Art and Design once again as we continue to find new and innovative uses for our excess stocks of the Speedo LZR Racer suit. Students at the college have shown an enormous amount of creativity and originality in creating ‘Space of Waste’, demonstrating the versatility of the LZR Racer fabric by deconstructing it from its original form for an entirely new use. I’m certain that visitors to Ecobuild will be impressed with their efforts.”

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  1. Larry  Mar 03 2011

    Speedo is out front again – Thank You.

    Is Speedo ever going to bring back their thong swimwear for men, I wear a Speedo thong whenever I workout, I have found it to be very comfortable and it supports very well.

    Thank you,
    Larry Herter

  2. California Swimmer  Nov 10 2011

    I would like to see a return of the old fashioned speedo “racer briefs” -AKA Mark Spitzs 1972 era suit. “Boardies” and “jammers” are a pain for swimming.

    Also a return of men’s short shorts for running, jogging. and casual wear. The current trend of the long, baggy stuff looks absolutely AWFUL.

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