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At the COS store in Luxembourg the walls are made of Mushroom

The design team of COS stores approached us a last year about a new concept they were working on. Like other clients we work with, such as Starbucks and H&M, the design team is rethinking the way they design, build and maintain their stores. Since launching in 2007, COS has opened stores worldwide in carefully considered locations, applying an architectural design concept that preserves buildings’ original features whilst creating a modern, welcoming space.

Because of the large number of stores COS opens across the world, the impact of the design team can be significant. For this project, which is located in Luxembourg, they approached us with the idea to use the Mushroom SLICED for both the entrance as well as the fitting rooms. We produced both full WasteBasedBricks® Mushroom, as well as brick slips and corner elements to enable them to realise their design. 1620 KG of waste was upcycled in this project.

Photo: Milosz Siebert

Photo: Milosz Siebert

Photo: Milosz Siebert

Photo: Milosz Siebert

WasteBasedBrick® Mushroom Sliced

WasteBasedBrick® Mushroom Sliced

WasteBasedBrick® Mushroom Sliced

WasteBasedBrick® Mushroom Sliced

Added.VALUE.Pavilion in Heilbronn

Students, researchers and professors of KIT Karlsruhe, together with the architects’ office 2hs, realize a circular pavilion from recycling materials at the Federal Garden Show 2019 in Heilbronn.

The pavilion and garden explore the question of how we and the generations after us can live well and how we can develop our economy positively while the natural resources of our planet become scarcer. 

The floor combines different mineral materials, set in steel frames as 'fallen leaves' of the tree structure. Concrete and brick fractures in various grain sizes, directly reused clinker bricks and WasteBasedBricks from StoneCycling are used. The area between the leaves is formed as a water-bound area of porcelain quarry. Broken plates and cups from production scrap and recycling yards are ground for this purpose and applied as a pure base layer. 

Photo: Felix Heisel

Photo: Felix Heisel

Photo: Zooey Braun

Photo: Zooey Braun

Photo: Jonathan Preker Copterbrothers

Photo: Jonathan Preker Copterbrothers

Photo: Felix Heisel

Photo: Felix Heisel

WasteBasedBricks used for this project

Radish RAW

Radish RAW

BlackPepper RAW

BlackPepper RAW

Salami RAW

Salami RAW

Salt+Pepper Raw

Salt+Pepper Raw

Waste, Nature & More

As Europe’s leading importer and distributor of organic fruit and vegetables, after years of continuous growth, Nature & More (also known as Eosta) was in dire need of more space. Preparations for the design and construction of a new building commenced a few years ago. The resulting building exudes warmth and humanity and may be considered the physical expression of the company’s core values of Authenticity, Togetherness and Social Responsibility. 

The building has many circular and sustainable characteristics. Both the shell and design have a materials passport, which states the materials used to ensure they can be reused as much as possible after demolition.

StoneCycling provided the sustainable wall cladding for the interior: a special Long & Lean Mushroom brick slip.

Check out the photos and how it’s made below.


How it’s made

The designers of Ex Interiors approached us to work with them on a waste based concept for the wall cladding of this sustainable office. Together we selected the Mushroom as the starting point for this special project. We changed the recipe slightly to create a gradient of Mushroom WasteBasedBricks. Additionally Ex Interiors challenged us to create the longest WasteBasedBrick so far. With its 45cm length and different finishes (Raw, Punched and Sliced) we were able to contribute to a lively and warm sustainable interior.

Getting the Waste ready for the Mushroom recipe

Getting the Waste ready for the Mushroom recipe

First samples to get a feeling of the texture and color

First samples to get a feeling of the texture and color

The three looks: Raw, Punched and Sliced

The three looks: Raw, Punched and Sliced

Sustainable and circular brick slips
First Sustainable Mushroom WasteBasedBricks on the wall

First Sustainable Mushroom WasteBasedBricks on the wall

In order to create a color and texture nuance we came up with the idea to use one brick, the Mushroom, and create three types of finishes on it: Raw, Punched and Sliced. In this way we were able to create an efficient production process. Additionally the brick bond allowed the masons to use every little bit of the Mushroom, creating almost no new waste during the construction process.


The result

Queen Maxima opened the office officially last november together with CEO Volkert Engelsman. We are extremely proud to be part of such an ambitious project together with one of the leading specialist in circular and sustainable building Logge Circulair and the architects of Ex Interiors. Together we managed to upcycle 4600 kilo of waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Circular and sustainable stairwell of bricks