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Projects 8 jun 2023

Matrix ONE : Building Circularity

MVRDV’s latest project is Matrix ONE. This six-storey, 13,000-square-metre laboratory and office building serves as the main hub of the Matrix Innovation Center and provides the campus with key social spaces and amenities. Crucially, Matrix ONE also pushes the envelope in sustainable design: from demountable construction, the “social stairs”, and solar energy generation to smart lighting and generous amounts of bicycle parking, it incorporates sustainable thinking from every possible angle. Matrix ONE meets ambitious Amsterdam targets for energy use and is certified BREEAM-Excellent.
The recently completed laboratory and office complex serves as the main building at Amsterdam’s Matrix Innovation Center and is designed to be demountable, so that 90% of the building’s materials can be reused. In order to make this possible, elements are separated into categories based on their expected lifespans – furniture, for example, has the shortest lifespan, and the supporting structure the longest – and categories with shorter lifespans can be upgraded or removed without impacting those with longer lifespans. Simple connections such as screws and bolts allow elements to be detached and reused when various parts of the building are updated. The building’s digital model, with over 120,000 individual elements, has been included in Madaster and is provided with a comprehensive material passport – documenting all materials and products used in the building for potential future reuse. Read more about Matrix ONE on MVRDV’s website. Copyright image Matrix ONE: Daria Scagliola

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