The Exploded View: Beyond Building by the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

The 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. An iconic expo-installation of a full-size house that consists entirely of biobased materials, circular construction methods and stories about the changing value chain of which it is part. It is a plea for upscaling and system change. We visualize the circular living environment in full size and explain how circular and biobased building and design has an impact on much more than the construction sector.

Research into the possibilities of new biobased materials with high design quality and circular construction methods such as detachability and modularity remain an important topic. We are expanding our research to a number of relevant topics at the systemic level:
• Health: From polluted air to breathing homes
• Agriculture: From agriculture to arable land
• Neighborhoods of the future: From paved to living neighbourhoods
• Value: From linear to circular

We also demonstrate the linkage opportunities of biobased construction such as CO2 capture, nitrogen reduction, new business opportunities for agriculture, connecting city and countryside.

We include both professionals and the general public in the results of our search. We tell you what we have discovered, but also what we don’t know yet. We show the possibilities and the pain points. And we invite everyone to think and participate. With the aim of making the conversation “is this possible?” to “how are we going to do this well together?”. In this way we evolve towards a reappraisal of what is of value.

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

Also have a look at what we did in...


  • Ketelhuisplein
  • Klokgebouw
  • The New Block
  • Virtual
  • Yksi Expo
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  • Workshop
  • Conference
  • Expo
  • Talk
  • Interview
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Dutch Design Week

This is what the Embassies will present at Dutch Design Week

7 Sep 2021
The Exploded View: Beyond Building by the Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building
Editorial, Redactioneel

The Exploded View: a biobased house as a starting point for a different value system

3 Sep 2021
The Exploded View

Visit The Exploded View in Design Museum Gent

27 May 2021

Clay and straw as modern building materials

6 Nov 2020

BPD will provide 1,000 new homes with a materials passport in 2020

6 Nov 2020

Partners of Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building share their expertise and their questions

3 Nov 2020

A house of popcorn and mushrooms: join the creation process of The Exploded View

15 Oct 2020

Partners of Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building

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