Dutch architect Jos de Krieger (Jos de Krieger)
“The constructing trade is among the greatest polluters and the reuse of constructing materials may also help to convey down the ecological footprint on the atmosphere,” De Krieger stated in a latest e-mail interview with The Korea Herald.
He defined how initiatives that reuse previous and used supplies may also help protect the environment.
“By giving a brand new life to a cloth you’re extending its lifespan, and thus decreasing the environmental affect of that materials,” he stated. “In some instances, the added years may even outnumber the unique use. This is a crucial a part of cascading supplies and it’ll assist to create a round financial system.”
Superuse Studios began out in 1997 as 2012Architects, creating small architectural interventions and reusing gadgets equivalent to washing machines, cable reels and automotive home windows. In 2009, the agency started constructing a whole home out of reclaimed supplies and in 2012 it modified its identify to Superuse Studios.
De Krieger’s firm these days focuses primarily on creating structure utilizing round and sustainable design, within the perception that design is a part of a round course of versus a linear course of.
To pursue its mission to create a brand new constructing whereas being thoughtful of the atmosphere, his firm is engaged on a number of native initiatives that contain harvesting used supplies close by.
Harvesting is a widespread architectural time period that refers back to the technique of city mining to get well used supplies, in response to De Krieger.
“Through the years we’ve completed a number of initiatives on totally different scales, starting from the single-family dwelling Villa Welpeloo to a playground out of rotor blades,” he stated.
Villa Welpeloo is created from reused supplies. (Allard van der Hoek)
The playground, referred to as Wikado, is among the Blade Made initiatives by Superuse Studios. The Dutch-based firm created mazelike buildings of tunnels and towers that children can play with, out of discarded windmill components.
The playground referred to as Wikado was created out of discarded windmill components. (Denis Guzzo)
De Krieger additionally addressed misconceptions about buildings constructed from reused supplies.
“Basically, the designs that Superuse makes aren’t solely about reuse, however it’s about making a useful and welcoming area that occurs to be made out of waste supplies. In some instances individuals gained’t even acknowledge that it’s reused,” he stated.
De Krieger additionally added that these buildings can value much less to construct.
“The fabric is often cheaper,” he stated.
Nevertheless, he stated that the general value can depend upon labor prices, that are often slightly bit greater for constructing with reused supplies.
“In the long run, it often evens out to be roughly the identical, in some instances it could possibly even be cheaper,” he added.
De Krieger additionally identified the significance of the federal government’s position in making it extra cost-efficient to construct buildings from reused supplies.
“It will assist to create a degree enjoying area for round structure if (new) sources can be taxed heavier whereas decreasing the tax on labor,” he stated.
The Dutch architect added that his firm was presently difficult the rules of governments along with the Ex’tax Venture, an impartial think-tank striving to replace tax methods to fight international challenges equivalent to local weather disruption, useful resource provide dangers and unemployment.
Except for the taxation challenge, the Dutch designer additionally talked about one other hurdle to creating structure with reused supplies.
“Constructing a brand new construction comes with rules and permits, and due to this fact it’s all the time a time-consuming course of. With materials shortage growing we predict that sooner or later reuse of fabric is perhaps sooner than conventional materials deliveries,” he stated.
Within the interview, he additionally shared how he turned focused on extra eco-friendly architectural initiatives.
“For me personally it began when one of many founders gave a lecture on the TU Delft, displaying the Duchi shoe retailer they made out of reclaimed automotive home windows,” he stated. “Then and there I made a decision I wished to do an internship at 2012Architecten, as Superuse was referred to as till the yr 2012, to study extra about reuse within the structure. I by no means left the agency because it was a lot enjoyable to discover a new life for supplies that others see as waste.”
By Music Seung-hyun (email@example.com)