Building for Disassembly
Dirk E. Hebel - design studio spring semester 2016
Today, buildings are rarely seen as temporary material storage in the city. The dismantling and subsequent recycling of materials used are only in the rarest of all cases an integral part of planning. And even where the demolition is planned specifically, a resource-oriented realization too often fails due to non-recyclable products and unsuitable jointing techniques.
Assistant professor Hebel and his students are planning 140 new apartments together with the Gemeinnützigen Bau- und Mietergenossenschaft Zürich (GBMZ) in District 4 in Zurich. The goal is to design buildings according to the principle of „building for disassembly“ in order to allow not only their construction but also the complete dismantling and hence the genuine reusability of all materials.
In close collaboration with professor Werner Sobek and the «Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren (ILEK)» at the Technical University of Stuttgart, the team develops an architectural and constructional approach ranging from urban issues to the formulation of innovative jointing techniques in full scale. The architectural design should be a relevant contribution to a future-oriented building culture in Europe, which adresses the social and resource-related situation of this generation.
The semester task represents a real construction project, which will be implemented by the GBMZ in the coming years.