Remarkable elements recovered from architecture slated for demolition
“Rotor Deconstruction” is a side-project managed by Rotor, health a Brussels-based design and research collective.
The project focuses on reusing building components from inter-war & post-war modern buildings being demolished.
The project set root in a study from Rotor conducted a few years ago for the Brussels environmental administration IBGE-BIM, there on current practices in reusing building components, and on the potential to expand these. The collective soon noted that, although the existing networks of dealers in second hand materials are dense and rich, there is a gap between the kinds of buildings (large scale and relatively contemporary) being demolished in the Brussels Region, and what dealers are looking for (small scale, pre-modern building components). Convinced as they are of the merits of reuse for its environmental, cultural and economic benefits, Rotor decided to develop a specialised service connecting the existing offer and demand.
Find out wonderful materials they have currently on offer:
Floor in ceramic tiles (Joseph Moutschen, 1937) from Val Benoît campus in Liège.
(check more pictures from Val Benoît on docomomo be flickr-page)
Interior cladding in granite (Jules Wabbes, 1973) from the executive level and decorative ceiling in plywood (Christophe Gevers, 1978) from the cafeteria of the Générale de Banque in Brussels.
Candy shop interior (1962): carefully documented, dismantled and preserved.