Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

Sometimes it feels like an impasse: the enormous climate challenge on the one hand and the enormous construction task on the other. As the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, we take up this challenge. We – designers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers – investigate possible solutions and offer new perspectives in the field of circular and biobased design, construction and living.

In 2020 we showed with the installation “The Exploded View Methods & Materials” how we want to radically re-examine the realization of a home. In 2021 we will go a step further with The Exploded View Beyond Building. It is an iconic exhibition in the form of a house that consists entirely of bio-based materials, circular construction methods and stories about the changing value chain of which it is part. This life-size biobased house stimulates all your senses and shows you the circular future.

Live experience
There are over 100 natural building materials in The Exploded View Beyond Building. “We show the endless, potential material flows that are in stock and that can be used in the construction world. For example, materials from food, seaweed, (sewage) water, soil, funghi or even our own living environment. Materials of today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.” says designer Pascal Leboucq of Biobased Creations. “You walk through the house and you can see, feel and smell all the materials. Each room has its own story.” Are you interested in the specific stories behind the themes and the materials that you see in the house? During the DDW, storytellers will be present to introduce you into the new world of circular building . They will answer all your questions.

Online deepening

Would you rather discover the house yourself? That’s no problem either. All rooms and materials have a QR code. Just scan and you’ll have all the background information at hand. This way you can view everything at your leisure or even search for it at home. The biobased house can also be visited digitally. You can take a complete tour of the house online. “In this way, our biobased house is accessible to everyone,” says Lucas De Man, director of Biobased Creations.

Living Lab

The Exploded View Beyond Building is the result of collaboration and research by builders, producers, farmers, scientists, designers, governments, knowledge institutes, storytellers and artists who are united in The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building. Together they work on new perspectives for sustainable (circular and biobased) building and for living; a circular living environment. They are researching the possibilities of new biobased materials with a high design quality and circular construction methods such as detachability and modularity. They also look at how more worlds, than just the building world, are influenced if they are designed and built differently. Pascal Leboucq: “Because building your house biobased means building a sustainable living environment.”

The purpose of the exhibition is to make designers, builders and residents think about the future. What will your house look like in the future? And what do you think is really important when it comes to living? Lucas De Man: “The house is cool to see. It gives hope, energy and inspiration for the future. We show that we can build circularly and biobased on a large scale.”

The curators of this Embassy are Lucas De Man and Pascal Leboucq, from Biobased Creations.

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The Exploded View – Beyond Building

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