The focus of our project was to use design research to discover and evaluate circular opportunities in the design and construction of a typical industrial building (business centre) with accompanying office: Graphene.
The research was carried out bottom-up: local construction firms, suppliers and manufacturers close to the starting point (the "take"), together with demolition and recycling companies close to the end point (the "dispose"), focused on a very concrete case: (the "make" of) an industrial building with offices.
The Graphene preliminary design, for a part of the Greenville Campus in Houthalen-Helchteren, was not selected. We are therefore currently working on another design for 13,500 m² of industrial buildings, used by some 15 to 30 companies, with space for 2,000 to 4,000 m² of office space.
Partners A-tract Architecture, Greenville, Gemeente Houthalen-Helchteren
At the end of the project period (July 2019), the Graphene sketch design phase had not yet been fully completed; a number of variants still had to be compared.
Due to circumstances, the further concrete construction of the project is still on hold.