Sustainable

and focused

on the future

We design future-proof living environments. We believe in smart, sustainable buildings that are good for humans and the environment, and which are able to grow with their users.
From the very beginning, we apply passive building principles and low-tech solutions, which give our buildings a permanent, sustainable quality. Then we look for a suitable integral solution for each building, from installations and technology to exploitation.
Casestudy 1 | ZIP2516: a flexible and remountable building

“How do we create a temporary building that has the quality of a permanent development?” That was the question that we put central to the competition for Lot 2 on the Binckhorst (first prize). Temporary buildings with high quality deliver more residual value, more satisfaction in daily use, and force to think about the future usage.

We designed a building according to the principle of a Lego package. With smart structural joints (conceived together with IMd constructive advisors) the building can be disassembled and reassemble to element level. In this way it is able to relocate following area developments, and it can adapt to the wishes of the users.

An big advantage of the system is that temporary construction in this way no longer requires a short payback period. Instead of this, a long term can be used to calculate the business case.

 

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Casestudy 2 | Urban Mining: making use of a donor building

Urban mining is the principle of investigating how we can use discarded buildings as new building material. For ZIP2516 (already mentioned in the previous case study) we have applied this concept, combined with the flexible design of the building. As a result, the donor components themselves can also be remounted.

 

In this case, an old parking garage is the donor building, which we have analyzed at elemental level for usability. After a relatively simple disassembly, all components are reused for about 95% in ZIP2516. The TT floor of the car park is used as both floor, staircase and wall element. In addition, the ramp, edge beams and balustrades can also be used again.

 

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Casestudy 3 | An energy-neutral clubhouse

The Yacht Club Scheveningen gave us the opportunity to design a completely energy neutral clubhouse. After a building-transformation study, we decided to make a whole new design for a future-proof clubhouse. In close cooperation with the other advisers, a clubhouse has been designed that achieves an overall concept of energy neutrality. The seawater present in the harbor is used to heat and cool the clubhouse. In addition, the residual energy needed is generated by solar panels.
The flexibility of the building towards the future is guaranteed with a specific design of the construction. The clubroom has a complete freedom of use, and the service area can also be adapted without any constructive adjustments for a new use.

 

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Casestudy 4 | Passive house Ambyerveld

For an architectural competition in Maastricht, we designed a villa based on the passive housing principles. In the design (awarded the second prize) is carried out a large glass surface under an overhang in the south facade, while the north and right side walls are more closed. In winter, the house can be heated with solar heat for the most part. In summer, the overhang and insulating glass ensures that it remains comfortable.

The house is highly insulated and developed so that the energy demand is minimal, so no regular heating system is needed. The remaining heat is supplied by means of balance ventilation, which is optimally utilized by means of a bottom heat exchanger.

 

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