Location: The Netherlands, Delft
Area: 968 m2
Photographs: Lucas van der Wee
Other Team Members: AS Projectinrichters, Poeldijk: Pantries Client: Jan Pesman Client: Jan Pesman Structural Engineering: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Rotterdam Consultant Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Consultant Building Physics, Sustainability, Acoustics And Fire Safety: Nelissen ingenieursbureau, Eindhoven Contractor Electrical And Mechanical Installations: Kuijpers Utiliteit Midden-Noord B.V, De Meern Contractor Glass Façades: iFS Building Systems, Waddinxveen Contractor Steel Construction: Voortman Steel Construction, Rijssen Photographs: Lucas van der Wee Roof Protection, Arkel: Contractor Roof Stairs: EeStairs, Barneveld StructuralEngineer: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Rotterdam Wall Systems: Qbiq, Alphen aan de Rijn Wood Flooring: Metsä Wood / De Groot Vroomshoop
Building D(emountable) is a modern, sustainable and fully demountable structure on the site of a historic, monumental building complex in the center of Dutch city Delft. This site is owned by cepezed, an agency with expertise in the development, the design and the realization of buildings.
cepezed acquired the complex with former laboratories from Delft University of Technology in 2012. It transformed the monumental buildings into a creative cluster with housing for various companies in the creative sector, including the office itself. However, the only non-monumental building on the site was in poor condition. It has now made way for the new construction of Building D(emountable). Again, this is a full-blown own development of cepezed and again it is intended for companies in the knowledge-intensive creative industry. It houses the app and website developer 9to5 software and a game developer Triumph Studios.
The Netherlands has set itself the goal of rendering all construction activities fully circular by 2050, while cepezed has a long reputation for modular and demountable design and construction. Moreover, director Menno Rubbens of developer cepezedprojects is part of the national program committee to achieve the national circularity goals. Partly for those reasons, Building D(emountable) also had to become an example project on cepezed’s own grounds. Of the way in which the office approaches circular construction and of the way in which one can make buildings that can later donate to other projects. Or even be reused elsewhere in their entirety.
Lightweight, flexible and gas-free Building D(emountable) has exactly the same footprint as the existing building that was no longer good and was demolished. It measures 11 by 21.5 meters and has four floors of about 200 square meters of lettable floor area each. In addition to being demountable and remountable, the structure is also super lightweight: the use of materials is kept to an absolute minimum.
The building is also completely flexible in its arrangement, has no gas connection and is equipped with heat recovery. The ground floor is made of poured concrete, but otherwise all building components are modular and dry mounted. Supreme simplicity has been an important principle in the design.