The World’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and aystems has just announced its key themes for BAU 2021: Resources and Recycling. While this in itself is exciting as these are CCL’s main focus of interest and research, the press release further mentioned the UMAR Unit by Werner Sobek with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel as the exemplary project on how urban mining and recycling should be done today. Thank you BAU München!
Excerpt from the press release:
An impressive demonstration of this in practice can be seen in Dübendorf, near Zurich. All the building materials used in the construction of the UMAR (Urban Mining and Recycling Unit) residential module, designed by Werner Sobek with Dirk Hebel and Felix Heisel, are 100 percent re-usable. In fact, many parts came from demolished buildings. What is particularly important in this module, as regards re-usability, is that the materials are not fixed permanently together—instead the connecting points are screw- or push-fit, or they are pinned. Which means that when the time comes for this module to be dismantled, it will be much easier to separate and re-use the various materials.
The link to the full press release can be found here.