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Waste, coffee and bricks

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Our WasteBasedBricks carry names such as Truffle, Aubergine and Caramel. Often people ask us if they are made of food waste. This is not the case (otherwise they wouldn’t laste many decades) but we are excited when our materials get applied in interiors and exteriors that tickle our senses. One of our clients did exactly this. Starbucks is working dedicated to make their shops more circular by applying sustainable materials.

The focus of StoneCycling on both sustainability and design has proven to be a perfect match. After a long process the first few Starbucks outlets with StoneCycling WasteBasedBricks are a fact! BlackPepper, Caramel and Nougat bars and coffee-to-go counters can now be seen in the UK and Romania. Hopefully many more will follow.

Below a few photo’s of the project.


How it’s made

When Starbucks does something, they like to do it good. About two years ago we met their head of design at the Dutch Design Week. A few weeks later we visited their office in Amsterdam to show the range of colours and textures of the WasteBasedBricks. They immediately started working on concepts and designs, got us linked with their quality team in London and challenged us to look at our products in a different way. This resulted in the first few mock-ups featuring our Aubergine, Nougat and Caramel in various Raw and Sliced mixes.

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Working with the designers of Starbucks led to surprising insights for us. By using different levels of ‘thickness’ and combining the Raw and Sliced finishes, a totally new aesthetic was created. This helped us to further explore the things we can do with our products.

The design team was specifically looking for a material that could both be applied inside and outside. After many reviews, quality checks, factory visits and coffees we finally finished the first three projects for Starbucks’ Drive Thru concept. In this concept, our material is used for the coffee bar inside and then extended to the drive-thru counter outside.

The results

Caramel recycled bricks at Starbucks

Client: Starbucks Europe
Architect: Starbucks Design Team
WasteBasedBrick of choice: Nougat, Caramel, BlackPepper
Upcycled waste: 560 kg

Almost ready: Colourful condo in Amsterdam

This colourful condo in Amsterdam is almost finished. We're are so excited about the wide range of WasteBasedBricks applied in this facade that we couldn't wait sharing it with you. The architects of Urban Echoes came up with a unique pattern of ten different 'tastes' of WasteBasedBricks which were applied by construction company Vink Bouw

They created a mixture of the Wasabi Raw & Sliced, Nougat Raw & Sliced, Truffle Raw & Sliced, Caramel Raw & Sliced, and Mushroom Raw & Sliced. 

Here's a few snapshots to give you an idea. They project will be fully ready after the summer. Expect wide-angle photo's by then.


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Detail of circular bricks
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Bricks made from waste in a wall
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Client: Private house owners
Architect: Urban Echoes
Construction company: Vink Bouw
WasteBasedBrick of choice: Wasabi, Truffle, Nougat, Mushroom and Caramel
Upcycled waste: 1480 kg

In Switzerland bricks become walls and walls become bricks again

Together with Werner Sobek (architect), Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel, StoneCycling developed a brick specially designed for dry stacking and disassembly as part of the UMAR project

The result

 In the back of this room the dry-stacked wall made from WasteBasedBricks is used to split the room in two parts

In the back of this room the dry-stacked wall made from WasteBasedBricks is used to split the room in two parts

 The wall is flexible and can be turned to the side, to increase the space of the room. 

The wall is flexible and can be turned to the side, to increase the space of the room. 

 We used different finishes of the same brick to create an exciting surface.  

We used different finishes of the same brick to create an exciting surface.  

About project

The Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR) Experimental Unit is one of the units at the NEST research building on the campus of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) in Dübendorf, Switzerland.

The building design created by Werner Sobek with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel demonstrates how a responsible approach to dealing with our natural resources can go hand in hand with appealing architectural form. The project is underpinned by the proposition that all the resources required to construct a building must be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable.

This places life-cycle thinking at the forefront of the design: Instead of merely using and subsequently disposing of resources, they are borrowed from their technical and biological cycles for a certain amount of time before being put back into circulation once again. Such an approach makes reusing and repurposing materials just as important as recycling and upcycling them (both at a systemic and a molecular/biological level, e.g. via melting or composting). This conceptual emphasis means that UMAR functions simultaneously as a material laboratory and a temporary material storage.


About the process

 Test construction of the wall at the factory

Test construction of the wall at the factory

WasteBasedBrick dry stacking in the making
 Test construction of the interior wall

Test construction of the interior wall

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Brick of choice for this project

For this project we developed a special WasteBasedBrick-variation using the Mushroom as the basis. We changed the recipe a bit to make the bricks fit better with the interior. The idea was to create different colours and textures using one single brick. To do this, we worked with different finishes, such a punched, sliced, raw and we even polished a few. 


Team

StoneCycling played a small part in a bigger project. Nevertheless we are proud to be part of a team of highly professional people and institutes that are making great effort to stimulate innovating building. For more information about the project click here. 

Antwerp's coolest co-working space has a bar made from waste

In August 2016 Belgium based architects Going East approached StoneCycling for an ambitious project in Antwerp's famous WATT Tower. Going East was given the assignment to design a co-working space unique in its kind for Belgium (and since the project is finished one of the 'craftiest' in the world). As most co-working spaces, the one in Antwerp also included a counter and a bar. Instead of choosing a regular material, Going East wanted something different. 

The lead designers had this idea of large panels, inspired on the raw look of StoneCycling's BlackPepper and Truffle bricks. Always up for a challenge and perhaps a bit naive, we started working together, creating first lab-tests.

Figuring out the right recipe and the right process was the first step. Once that hurdle was taken, we called in the help of a local tombstone production company to get the final look the people at Going East were looking for. 

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The final result is a combination of the bottom of the BlackPepper (you normally don't see this side) that is used for the frontside of the bar and counter. For the top, we sliced and polished the panels, revealing its inside to the visitors. The WasteBasedBar and WasteBasedCounter as part of the interior of the co-working space are simply beautiful. 

WasteBasedBricks used in this project

 BlackPepper Raw

BlackPepper Raw

 

Photos by Frederik Vercruysse
For more information about the project check the website of Going East

This House in Rotterdam is made from Waste

About 8 months ago the architects of Architectuur Maken visited us with the drawings of their new to build house in the city center of Rotterdam. Together we started a process of developing a WasteBasedBrick that not only is to their liking but also fits in the overall architecture of the street. By playing with a combination of the Caramel Raw & Sliced the facade becomes playful and quite unique. 

On the 21st of May the Guardian wrote about an article "the Rotterdam couple that will live in a house of waste" marking the importance of exploring new ways to go about our planet's resources. This summer, the construction of the house was completed. About 15.000 kilo waste was upcycled into new building materials. The result of this journey can be seen below (photo's by Ossip).

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Visiting the factory (photo: StoneCycling)

 Selecting the components for the new brick  (photo: StoneCycling)

Selecting the components for the new brick (photo: StoneCycling)

WasteBasedBricks used in this project

 Caramel Sliced

Caramel Sliced

 Caramel Raw

Caramel Raw

 

Client: Architectuur Maken
Location: Rotterdam

Upcycled waste: 15.000 KG

TrueTalker - Pavilion in Amsterdam

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 was on show in Amsterdam until 26 June 2016. After the 26th the TrueTalker was moved to a new location. Check out the video here. 


Initiators: StoneCycling & Studioninedots
Architectural design: Studioninedots

Client: EuropeByPeople / FabCity / NL EU 2016
WasteBasedBrick: Caramel Raw & Sliced

Dimensions: height: 4 meter, width 3 meter, depth 3,5 meter

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