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Update from the flight deck: this is what we've been doing

We have been so busy the past 8 months that we feel we haven't been in touch with you enough. When building a sustainable company there are a million things to do and even more challenges to tackle. 

Loads of things happened. Here's a few we would like to share with you.

  • Since the first ever house made from WasteBasedBricks was presented in 2016 our work changed a great deal. From calling architects to ask if we could stop by to present our products and ideas for the future, they started calling us. It remains a thrill when we get calls from the agencies across the world.
  • We've also made steps in another ambition: creating dry-stacked facades that can be disassembled.
  • We're also happy to see that more and more 'young angry architects' (as one of our supporters calls them) are teaming up with the big agencies to combine fresh ideas with life-long experience. One of those agencies we worked with is Studio Spacious. We developed a taylor-made potato-textured brick for a competition they joined in. 
     
First house build from WasteBasedBricks in Rotterdam

First house build from WasteBasedBricks in Rotterdam

Commercial Director Jasper is shaping the first Potato-Brick 

Commercial Director Jasper is shaping the first Potato-Brick 

Media across the world are following our work

Media across the world are following our work

First results of the Potato Brick for Studio Spacious

First results of the Potato Brick for Studio Spacious

Construction of the dry-stacked wall that we developed with the Karlsruhe based team of Derk Hebel and Felix Heisel.

Construction of the dry-stacked wall that we developed with the Karlsruhe based team of Derk Hebel and Felix Heisel.


The challenges of scaling up

  • Scaling up has been the mantra of the past year. This is both an important step in building a sustainable business and upcycling as much waste as possible.
  • We've teamed up with a second production partner in the Netherlands, expanding the number and range of projects we can take on. We're now able to produce small scale projects (starting at 50m2) as wel as larger scale (1000m2+).
  • We've expanded the team with Thomas Zeegers. He's fully committed to smoothening our operations, securing our resources and making sure quality is consistent.  

Creating consistent quality resources from waste means grinding, mixing, sieving in some cases.

Snapshot of the colourful condo in Amsterdam with Urban Echoes

Snapshot of the colourful condo in Amsterdam with Urban Echoes

The recipe needs to be mixed thoroughly to ensure quality in larger batches

Our new Chief Operations Thomas Zeegers

Our new Chief Operations Thomas Zeegers


Lunch presentations for architecture agencies

  • As we learned the past few year, real estate development is a slow process. But the way it looks now, giving presentations and talking to hundreds of architects and real estate developers is starting to pay off.
  • We love to give a talk at your agency during lunch. A typical presentation takes 30 minutes in which we will tell you a lot more about waste, downcycling, recycling and upcycling, scarce resources, our approach, the products we make and how we could collaborate. 
  • For agencies outside of the Netherlands: no worries! An online video presentation works perfect for us as well. 
Jasper giving a presentation at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Jasper giving a presentation at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Lunch presentation at LEVS Architects in Amsterdam

Lunch presentation at LEVS Architects in Amsterdam


New projects coming up

  • Studio Urban Echoes designed our most colourful project so far. Check out the first results here.
  • We've been giving talks at various architecture agencies in the Netherlands, as well as cool events abroad like the Path Festival in Sao Paulo, the award show of Premio Etico in Milan (the Rotterdam project won!), the We are here, now exhibition in Graz, Austria, Turkey Build in Istanbul and the MiSK Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 
  • This year projects in Bukares (Romania), Amsterdam, Breda, Rotterdam (Netherlands), London (UK), will come up. We're in the running for projects in Luxembourg, New York, Dubai, Oslo (Norway) and France. In the coming months we plan to publish some of these. 
  • The map below shows where we are active at the moment. As soon as these projects are finished, we'll share the pics. 
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How can you help

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We're making small but steady steps to make the building industry more circular. The diagram below shows the amount of waste we've upcycled so far and the amount of waste we're planning to upcycle in commissioned projects. We want to grow much faster to increase this number significantly each year. To do so, we're looking for:

  • Architects working on sustainable, iconic and ambitious projects worldwide.
  • Real estate developers determined to create sustainable real estate fit for future
  • Architects / real estate developers that want to invite us for a lunch presentation so that we can share our story (in person or video conference) and make as many people as possible aware of the waste-revolution.  
  • Impact investors with a feeling for waste, real estate or construction to help us grow faster

We hope you are as excited as us to make this transition to a more circular economy reality.

Team StoneCycling

We move whole buildings

In 2016 Amsterdam hosted the EU. At the nearby Living Lab FabCity, Studioninedots and StoneCycling developed and built The TrueTalker. The first pavilion in the world entirely made from WasteBasedBricks.

Having a fireplace in the heart of it, The TrueTalker served as a place for true conversation. New ideas, surprising visions, both heartwarming and heartbreaking stories were shared by people from all over the world.

In line with our with our circular ambitions we not only upcycled waste materials
but also gave the entire pavilion a new life. We moved it from FabCity, across the water, to a new and vibrant location.

Travel along and share your perspective on tomorrow’s world. Come in and sit down at the heart of The TrueTalker at our office in Amsterdam

Time for some TrueTalkin'

This spring, the city of Amsterdam is host to the European Union. On the Marineterrein politicians discuss and decide on Europe’s future, under bright artificial light, with cameras and microphones registering each and every word. 

In reaction, at the nearby temporary campus FabCity, Studioninedots built with StoneCycling a pavilion with a fireplace right in the heart of it. Because a good campfire triggers big ideas and storytelling everyone is invited to sit down, relax and share warming, unreasonable, crazy, unimaginable and hilarious ideas at The TrueTalker.

Photos by Peter Cuypers

The True Talker is a cone-shaped pavilion that consists of one wall twisting around itself, triggering people to come in and explore the core. The solid but transparent structure is made from StoneCycling’s innovative and circular WasteBasedBricks.

During the day, the open brick pattern creates a play of light within the volume – in the dark the pavilion’s surroundings are illuminated from the fire inside, presenting itself as a beacon.

This is the place to sit down, relax, and exchange ideas. Everyone is invited to come to FabCity, to sit down at the heart of The TrueTalker and share ideas on the future of Europe, the world, mankind or anything else. To trigger even more stories a series of events is initiated, find the overview here.  

The TrueTalker will be on show in Amsterdam until 26 June 2016. Do you know any significant place that could use some TrueTalkin'? Give us a call. We would be happy to explore if we can transport the TrueTalker to a next location.

Partners: SBB Smit’s Bouwbedrijf B.V., IC Netherlands B.V., St. Joris Keramische Industrie, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix B.V., Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, FabCity

For press release and photo's please contact us at media[at]stonecycling.com

Read here what The Guardian has to say about StoneCycling

"Rotterdam, the Dutch city home to more than 600,000 people and hundreds of high-rise buildings, can feel pretty dense. But hop on a bike and cycle around the city centre and you can still discover empty plots of land. 

This is how a young couple, Nina Aalbers and her boyfriend Ferry in ‘t Veld, architecture graduates of the Technical University of Delft, found the perfect place to build their first house together. The twist? They’re building it from waste."

Read the full article here

Building from waste, soon a reality: first projects in the making

Exciting times for StoneCycling. Building from waste is not longer an idea, a concept or a thought. What started out as a dream is becoming a reality. 

In Amsterdam the TrueTalker is taking shape. Studioninedots and StoneCycling designed an open structure with a fireplace right in the heart of it. It is a structure that shields the fire and the ones around it, gradually connecting this comfortable zone with the world outside. This unique pavilion is called the TrueTalker. It invites people to sit around the campfire and share crazy, heartbreaking or heartwarming dreams and ideas. It is part of the arts program of the Netherlands presidency of the European Union 2016. Want to find out more?  Come and check it out at FabCity from the 27th of May onwards. 

The idea...

The idea...

And the progress so far...

And the progress so far...

And in the center of Rotterdam the people of Architectuur Maken are building their very own house. They came up with a unique pattern of the Caramel Raw and Sliced.  

These are the brave early adaptors and we are proud to be able to work with them. Stay tuned for the results and sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

The idea....

The idea....

And the progress... 

And the progress...