Chapter 3Case Studies

This chapter describes a series of projects that all use previously used materials in some way and provides useful lessons for how the industry needs to respond in addressing circular issues. The projects are divided into four categories:

  1. Projects that reuse what is available at the site – the architectural response is based on what is readily available at the site.
  2. Projects that reuse construction materials from elsewhere – where reclaimed construction materials from elsewhere are used.
  3. Projects that find second uses for non-construction materials – creative use of materials that have been discarded by other supply chains.
  4. Projects that include adaptive reuse of whole buildings along with component reuse – where parts or all of an old building are reused and supplemented by other reclaimed components.

3.1 Adaptive Reuse With Component Reuse

3.1.1 Alliander – Nothing is New

Architect: Rau Architects
Construction: 2015
Location: Duiven, The Netherlands
Floor area: Total 25 709 m2 (276 600 sq. ft.), reused buildings16 009 m2 (172 200 sq. ft.)
Use: Offices, workshops, laboratories, meeting spaces
Owner: Alliander
Construction cost: €26 million for building and €10 million for fit-out (€1400/m2)
Certification: BREEAM-NL Outstanding
Reused material: Existing buildings, waste timber, suspended ceiling, sanitary appliances, steel, blockwork, doors, asphalt roofing, clothing as insulation.

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