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
Or download the PDF version: BNA Circular Manifesto
Circl: practical circular philosophy
Address Gustav Mahlerplein 1B, 1082PP Amsterdam
Neighborhood Buitenveldert and Zuidas
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
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
Bureau Kraaijvanger Architecten
Client Municipality Venlo
Start construction 2014
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
Bureau Cepezed Architectural Firm
Client Strukton, Ballast Nedam en Albron
Start construction 2017
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.