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Too Good To Waste: Bricks Made from Household Garbage

At StoneCycling, we're always searching for new waste streams to produce our WasteBasedBricks®. Preferably, these streams are available on a large scale, constant in quality and don't have a destination yet.

Recently, we were approached by waste and energy company AVR from Rotterdam in The Netherlands. They have been converting residual waste from municipalities, factories, households and other companies into energy and raw materials since the 70s, processing around 2.4 million tonnes of residual waste annually.

With the motto 'Too good to waste', they turned out to be the perfect partner for StoneCycling and together with Mineralz (a company active in cleaning contaminated soil and recycling mineral residual streams into secondary raw materials), we started a study to find out if we could work with remains of the residual waste at AVR.

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

The result

The first test batch of 3500 bricks went directly (back) to AVR to create a new reception area of their office in Rozenburg, The Netherlands.

Over 35% of the bricks consist of AVR's residual products and it really shows visitors what is possible in terms of decreasing the mountain of waste that we have in our country - and how beautiful that can look!

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Architectuur Maken

Photo Credit: Jeroen van der Wielen FORZ(R)Glaze tiles by Studio Mixtura

Photo Credit: Jeroen van der Wielen FORZ(R)Glaze tiles by Studio Mixtura

In addition to StoneCycling, there are many more great sustainable initiatives in this space. Curious what the reception area looks like, but not able to visit in person? Then take a look at the 360 VR-Tour.

Illustration Credit: Architectuur Maken

Illustration Credit: Architectuur Maken

Read more about this project on the following websites:

LOCATION PROJECT: Rozenburg, The Netherlands

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Fokkema & Partners, Architectuur Maken

BRICKS USED: Special WasteBasedBrick® designed for AVR

UPCYCLED WASTE: 5400 KG

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 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