We are going circular.

The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects promotes the ambition for the increase of circularity in Architecture. It seems a challenging task. Although much of what an architect does and works with is already circular, the discussion on how to improve continues.

Architectural firms – affiliated with the BNA – which is the manifest and the circular endorsing design principles can make this known by conducting
this logo on their website. Here is a list of the firms.


To support architectural firms, the BNA has written the Manifesto Circular Architecture together with its members. This contains five design principles that might seem quit obvious, and stimulate a different way of dealing with architecture and building. They offer tools for both the design itself and for the necessary discussions with clients, executive construction and supply industry.

1. A circular business model is the starting point for circular architecture

2. Nature is a source of inspiration and a textbook example of circularity

3. A structure is adaptable and flexible throughout its life

4. A building including its components is easy to (dis)assemble and construct

5. The building materials are of high quality, non-toxic and easily reusable

Circular Manifesto; Read about the five principles

Or download the PDF version: BNA Circular Manifesto

Outstanding examples:

Circl: practical circular philosophy

Address                         Gustav Mahlerplein 1B, 1082PP Amsterdam
Neighborhood             Buitenveldert and Zuidas
City                                Amsterdam
Architect                       Pi de Bruijn, Hans Hammink
Bureau                          De Architekten Cie.
Client                             ABN AMRO
Accessible from           Amsterdam-Zuid station, Metro 50, Metro 5, Tram, Bus 199
Start construction       2015-11-01
Completion                  2017-08-23
Category                       Companies, Green, Offices, Public space

The new ‘Circl’ pavilion is unique in the Netherlands: the first constructed practical example of sustainable and circular designs. The reuse of the applied materials was factored into the process right from the start. With the realisation of a circular pavilion, a philosophy has been put into practice. Together with client ABN AMRO, the TU Delft and the BAM, solutions have been found for problems that presented themselves along the way. The will and drive of the team to realise a maximum circular building has led to the ultimate feasible result: Circl has become a beautiful reference point for where we are in 2017 as regards circularity.


City Office in of Venlo, Netherlands

Address                         Hanzeplaats 1
City                                 Venlo
Bureau                           Kraaijvanger Architecten
Client                             Municipality Venlo
Start construction       2014
Completion                  2016
Category                       Government, Green, Offices, Public space

Everything in the building is designed for the sustainable use of raw materials. LED lighting is used there where daylight is not sufficient and a water cycling structure has been set up to minimize waste. Rainwater and water from washbasins and showers are collected and purified for the green façade and sanitary facilities. In addition, the Venlo region was the first region in the world to embrace the cradle-to-cradle principles. Venlo does not only work from the principle that raw materials must be 100% reused, but they also actively attract companies and other parties with these same ambitions.

The Green House in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands

Address                          Croeselaan 16
City                                 Utrecht
Bureau                           Cepezed Architectural Firm
Client                             Strukton, Ballast Nedam en Albron
Start construction       2017
Completion                   2018
Category                        Hospitality, Green, Offices, Public space

For the construction of The Green House, a design by architectural firm cepezed, sustainable energy, bio-based or fully recyclable materials are used. It is part of the principles of circularity. For example, the paving of the ground floor comes from the quay of the place Tiel and the glass plates on the façade are from former Button barracks. Demolition wood was used for the finishing of various elements in the restaurant. The floor covering in the meeting rooms is made of yarn from old fishing nets and plastic chairs from the ocean.
The building can be completely disassembled without waste. The pavilion offers space for a restaurant on the ground floor for 175 guests where breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are served. The terrace has 200 seats. On the first floor there are four rooms that can accommodate individual groups of 4 x 25 guests or 2 x 50 guests.

Urban Farm on the roof of the building

Inseparable from The Green House is the urban farm of approximately 100 square meters on the first floor. Here herbs and vegetables are grown for personal use. This greenhouse is completely watered with rainwater. The partner of the urban farm is Hrbs. This company provides a flourishing greenhouse in the coming years and Albron calculates what guests can consume from vegetables and herbs.








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