This month we feature a unique 4-storey house in central Rotterdam built entirely with bricks made from recycled industrial waste.
The project has been designed and commissioned by ArchitectuurMAKEN (Making Architecture), and its co-founders Nina Aalbers and Ferry in ‘t Veld will make the house their home when construction completes this coming August.
Developed by circular economy start-up StoneCycling, the recycled bricks provide a high-quality building material with a low carbon footprint. The WasteBasedBricks are – as the name suggests – made from waste materials which have been sourced from local glass, ceramics, and insulation factories.
The recycling process not only uses less energy than traditional brick manufacture, it is also less damaging to the environment as it removes the need to excavate new clay.
When it came to designing the property, ArchitectuurMAKEN determined that recycled brick would allow them to meet their objective of creating a sustainable building in keeping with the character and context of the local area. Working alongside StoneCycling, they developed Caramel Raw, a custom-designed brick suitable for creating the building’s unique two-tone brickwork façade.
In terms of sustainability, ArchitectuurMAKEN’s house ticks all the right boxes but we also love the fact that it is built on an ‘in-fill site’ – a small plot of land that would otherwise remain unused.
Acquisition of the plot was achieved through Rotterdam City Council’s Klein en Fijn initiative which is designed to encourage small scale developments in the city centre.
Nestled between two existing residential properties, the house has a usable floor area of 120 m², with the stairs positioned in such a way that each floor can be easily divided into multiple rooms.
The house is the first full scale project to be built using StoneCycling bricks but it certainly won’t be the last, as the company is currently in discussion with other architects and designers around the globe.
It is always inspiring to see fledgling companies initiating innovative projects – especially sustainable ones – so we wish ArchitectuurMAKEN and StoneCycling every success.
- Follow the progress of the project on the ArchitectuurMAKEN website > and :
- Visit the StoneCycling website >
- Watch StoneCycle bricks being made >
- Information about Rotterdam City Council’s Klein en Fijn initiative >
Image credits: ArchitectuurMAKEN, StoneCycling
The ArchitectuurMAKEN house features in the June edition of Rhine Capital Partners client reporting.
- On 24th June 2016