The Villa Welpeloo in Roombeek is a special dwelling. Apart from a few interior walls and isolated glazing the villa is made from recycled waste material. The villa is built using the Recyclicity principal, which is developed by 2012Architecten.
During the design phase 2012Architecten explored the region for possibilities of using waste material for the villa. By looking on this regional scale the distances of transport can be reduced resulting in lower costs and energy use. The findings of these excursions were recorded in a harvestmap and resulted constantly in new impulses for the design.
One of the results of this strategy is a facade made of the wood of old cable-reels collected from the Twentsche Cable Factory. The round-shaped planks are screwed directly on the façade. For insulation 2012Architecten made use of leftover’s from the caravan industry and for the greenhouse cutting leftover’s from glazing factory Pilkington were used. The main construction consists of steel profiles from an enormous textile-machine that 2012Architecten found in Enschede.
Erik Stekelenburg describes the construction of this first villa by 2012Architects as an inverse explosion, since most of the constituent materials were obtained from the surroundings of the buildingsite. The comparison suits very well since the constructionsite of Villa welpeloo was devestated by the fireworks explosion in 2000 in Enschede.Materials used:Exterior
primary construction:redundant textile machine
secondary construction: second hand wooden beams
floors and roof: dismanteledwooden floorboards
insulation: EPS-sheets from disassembly-site
cladding: wasted cable reels
foundation: concrete (sorry, new)Interior
elevator: second hand construction-lift
shelvings: partly buildingsite-signs(waterproof multiplex)
lightfixtures: construction of broken umbrellaparts(by en-fer)
bathroom walls: smileplastic (compressed coffecups)Environmental gain
co2 emissions including transport and processing:
cladding: 85% reduction compared to new simple wooden cladding
steel construction: 95% reduction compared to same construction with new steel