With the start of the ground works in November 2022 for the circular building Poppies, a major milestone has been reached. This achievement resulted in more demand for actual construction details from the various ATELIER partners.

Poppies pays attention to the environmental impact associated with the realization of the building and at the end of their lifespan. This ending is, incidentally, difficult to determine. Where buildings made of concrete and steel are often demolished, wooden buildings are better suited for the next life cycle and residual materials can still be reused. Via life cycle analysis (LCA), ATELIER is working on making the various environmental effects visible.

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The collaboration with the architect of both Republica and Poppies, Mark Koehler, was already set up because of their involvement in the Amsterdam program for the “Week of the Circular Economy”, which is a national event in the Netherlands taking place in February 2023. In mutual agreement between the developer, architect and drawing agency, information is now available for ATELIER partner PSI to work on the LCA analysis. This information relates to used material, their properties and amounts as well as to the Building Information Model (BIM). Contacts with the contractors are being established to be able to dig deeper in elements like the origin of materials and the energy use during construction.

This 2nd building of the PED area Buiksloterham is about circularity in the broadest sense of the word. Raw materials, water, energy with smart grid, ecology, materials, waste streams and social sustainability. Poppies lays the foundation for a new shared-living concept in the mid-rental segment.

Authors: Kim Nathalia, Rudy Rooth, City of Amsterdam

Picture Credits:

1) MaMa Pioneers

2) Marc Koehler Architects