The Circle House project consists of 60 general housing units outside of Aarhus, which are expected to be completed in 2020. In addition to serving as housing, Circle House is a scalable demonstration project that can give the building industry new knowledge about circular construction.
Circle House consists of a range of building systems that can be assembled, disassembled and reassembled into other buildings while keeping their economic and aesthetic values intact.
The objective is that 90 per cent of the materials being used for the buildings will be possible to reuse without losing significant value. A wide range of materials can be used in the project, the key is the approach of the principles of design for disassembly and circularity.
The residential typologies are a mix of 2 and 3 story terraced houses and 5-story tower blocks. The superstructure of the different typologies is built from the same 6 concrete elements, optimised for a quick construction, disassembly and reuse.
In order to transform the building industry to a circular building practice, the entire value chain of the industry needs to be involved. The Circle House project aims to develop, propagate and find support for knowledge about circular construction in the industry. As an example of this, the architectural development of the project was made in as a so called ‘collaboration studio’, a joint team consisting of four companies with sustainability at their foundation, Vandkunsyen, Lendager Group and 3XN Architects with the professional facilitation and coordination by GXN Innovation.