CRL Pilot Blog

Weekly posts from the ongoing pilot project ‘Circular Retrofit Lab’ (CRL description)

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CRL video: the making of

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This week, a crew from Kanaal Z came by our campus to shoot a video about circular construction and the Circular Retrofit Lab. The video will be featured in a series on circular economy. Keep following this blog to see the result!

05/12/2018

Façade profiles are mounted

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The past days, Reynaers Aluminium installed the profiles for the side façade. Next week the prefabricated façade modules will be mounted. This view will be changing quickly from now on.

05/12/2018

Meccano walls

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A third wall system that we have prototyped for the Circular Retrofit Lab is based on the Geberit GIS system. The steel profiles can easily be assembled into various configurations, just like a meccano kit.

28/11/2018

Walls with Velcro

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One of the walls we tested in our lab is the JuuNoo system. Thanks to its light and adjustable frame and velcro connections it can be easily installed and quickly (re-)moved. And all this within a circular business model!

13/11/2018

Discussing progress on site

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Through constructive partnerships the Circular Retrofit Lab project involves a wide range of buildings actors. Last week we had an important planning meeting to discuss the progress of the project with them.

13/11/2018

Prefabricated wall Modules

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In our test lab we prototype many different internal wall systems. These prefabricated wall modules from Saint Gobain are fireproof and acoustically tested, and can easily be constructed and removed.

06/11/2018

Facade mock-up

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Before using them in the Circular Retrofit Lab, we tested the developed façade solution on another deconstructed concrete module. The wall panels are completely prefabricated and can be attached at the inside of the structure with reversible connections.

24/10/2018

Structure now stripped

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The modular concrete structure of the student houses is a perfect canvas for an adaptable building. The demolition works have been successfully completed, reconstruction will start soon.

24/10/2018

Transformed pop-up event space

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Together with the students in Architectural Engineering at VUB we opened the academic year and our pop-up event space in the CRL testlab. The transformed space was the ideal location for a reception and exhibition with student work.

17/10/2018

Stripping the building structure creates new spatial opportunities

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This is the messy part. Demolition works have started to uncover the modular concrete structure of the old student houses, which are in bad shape. With circular building, these images will hopefully soon belong to the past.

16/10/2018

International students testing reversible solutions

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During a workshop, to transform the CRL test lab into a dissemination space for circular building design, international architectural students were invited to dismantle, reuse and reassemble reversible solutions into new spatial configurations and functions.

10/10/2018

Transforming the test lab into an inspiring event space

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In preparation of the circular renovation works of the CRL modules, experiments have been taking place during the last year in a test lab, identical to the future space. Today, this lab is being transformed into a circular event space to demonstrate the developed reversible wall solutions.

09/10/2018

CRL: the way it used to be...

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The Circular Retrofit Lab is a circular renovation project of a series of modules of the iconic student houses by architect Willy Van Der Meeren on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Enjoy this view, because we start deconstruction very soon!

01/10/2018

Start of great team work!

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The CRL pilot project is the result of hard and long work of a team of architects, engineers and researchers of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel!

01/10/2018