As a firm of bio-ecological architects that attaches great importance to sustainability, BAST architects & engineers considers it important to consider the concept of circular construction. In client meetings, we always check how open people are to the idea, and in our contracts we like to include a clause about the principles of circular economy.
With this project, we want to go a step further and build the first circular home in the country. On a remnant plot in Wilsele, for example, we want to close two waiting walls with a demountable building volume that can accommodate multiple functions and changing layouts. This is also the first pilot project of the WoonC, a growing and ambitious network of researchers, companies, governments and civil society organisations that are investigating how circular construction can make living affordable again.
On the one hand, this case allows us to apply the theory we gathered in interim research processes in practice. On the other hand, we would like to bundle and share our results, achievements and experiences on circular building in an inspiring roadmap.
BAST architects & engineers
The project itself is not scalable, at least not in the current legal, financial and fiscal circumstances. A system change is definitely needed to make circular construction a truly affordable option for a wider public.
The learning lessons and collaborations that came out of this project do have great added value. The project provided us with a wealth of experiential information which, on the one hand, was incorporated into our organisations by us, our partners and consulted stakeholders, and on the other hand, was disseminated via other collaborations and information moments.