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    After opening its new doors 2013, the town hall received a Dutch Award for Sustainable Architecture. The building’s foundation is a historic structure dating back to 1890. A modular space was added to the town hall, the qualities of the historic building kept intact, restored where necessary and connected to a new addition with a glass roof.

    WHAT WORKED WELL:

    • Approximately 90 per cent of the materials in the newly added space can be dismantled and reused.
    • The modular design not only enables easy disassembly, but it also resulted in significant reduction of the construction time.
    • The building’s foundation is a historic structure dating back to 1890 that will remain unchanged after the dismantling of the circular extension.
    • The building also received the first materials passport turning it into a raw materials depot in which the details of every piece are known, including their destination in a second life for some elements.

    LESSONS LEARNED:

    • Involving suppliers at a very early stage in the design phase resulted in a very high degree of circularity of the building.
    • The fact that the wooden beams were made larger not thinner, made the team realise that KPIs in a circular economy are not necessary the same as in a linear model, where less not more material would have been considered an achievement.
    • The novelty of the concept made it a challenge to convince the client of the necessity of a materials passport and to obtain all the necessary data from suppliers.

    WORKING GROUP:

    • Client: Municipality of Brummen
    • Architect: RAU
    • Circular economy expert: Turntoo
    • Builder: BAM Utiliteitsbouw
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    Type of stakeholder: Government
    Type of strategy: Circular design (e.g.: cradle to cradle and design for disassembly)
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  • Type of stakeholder
    Type of stakeholder: Government
  • Type of strategy
    Type of strategy: Circular design (e.g.: cradle to cradle and design for disassembly)