In 2004 the city of he Hague planned the renovation of the Transvaal neighborhood. 3000 houses are being demolished to make room for 1600 new units.
In terms of materials this means that a huge amount of demolition waste has to be shipped away. 2012Architecten propose an alternative solution for local reuse of the demolition materials.
Shipping containers are used as storage for reclaimed building material. On the roof of that array of boxes, a new public space is created with hills of gravel made of demolished brick walls. The mobile park moves with the empty spots that occur in the neighborhood during the process.
Description of the Process
Over a period of 12 years a radical process of urban renovation is taking places in the multi ethnical neighborhood of Transvaal, the Hague. 3000 houses are being demolished to make room for 1600 new units. In term of materials this means that a huge amount of demolition waste has to be shipped away. In this study 2012Architecten proposed a solution for local reuse of the demolition materials. Empty spots are used for temporary storage of the material coming from the demolition in order to use that material for the construction of a third spot. The storage consists of a series of shipping containers that can be organized in different configurations and can be easily moved. The containers host the materials reclaimed from the demolition; even trees are stored in the voids between the containers. Assembled together they can generate an inspiring and uncommon public space adaptable to different uses.