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On the Kronsberg in Hanover, a residential building is created as a recycling house: The building is made of recycled (reused) and recyclable (reusable) components in recycling-fair construction (use and disassembly of the components without loss of quality). The components should come from local sources.

The building is built on a foundation of recycled concrete and foam glass gravel in a glue-free solid wood construction. Façades, windows and the interior are "harvested" from other demolition projects, and reinstalled after a revision. Individual objects are saved before disposal and recycled as Readymade.

The construction industry is one of the largest waste producers and energy consumers. The research project Recyclinhouse provides an important contribution to the sustainability discourse of the construction sector. When looking at energy efficiency, not only the energy consumption of a building in operation is important, but also the gray energy that goes along with the construction of the building. Both product and material recycling will play an increasingly important role in the future.


05. Feb. 2019

The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Württemberg organizes the sixth symposium of the R-Concrete and Circular Economy series in Stuttgart.

Nils Nolting from Cityförster presents our Project Recyclinghaus.

Recycable - a contribution to sustainable building
29. Nov. 2018

We had a very successful day at this year's Expo Real. We made a lot of new contacts and we are looking forward to the future challenges that have arisen.

Video: Expo Real 2018 - Stadtentwicklung

16. Nov. 2018

This question will be discussed by Nils Nolting of Cityförster on November 8th, 2018 together with other experts from scienes and the construction industry.


Nils Nolting will present our recycling house at the event "Regionale Ressourcenwende in der Bauwirtschaft" by Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier. Using this research project Nils Nolting demonstrates different ways of recycling and talks about opportunities and limitations designing buildings with recycled materials and used components in a recyclable construction.


Click here for more information about the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier and here for the project.


How much recycling is possible?

Like many other residential schemes of the 1960's the Nordweststadt in Frankfurt requires an update of its building stock, a redesign that meets current and future demands of urban living. A set of transferable, integrative, and low-cost design measures is developed, focusing on three main tasks: Tidying up, the regeneration of neighbourhoods, and the strengthening of identity. Shrubs and trees are cut back, the parking is reorganized, pedestrian and cycle lanes are being introduced, new public spaces are designed and the courtyards are upgraded by private gardens, new public green amenity spaces and 'light pergolas' - a minimal architecture that connects basement parking with the courtyards and passes over into a podium with seating steps on ground level. The light pergolas enclose a small lounge, an external barbecue, water and electricity connections and a bicycle workshop. During evening hours and at night the pergolas illuminate the courtyard, by day these enable diverse and easy use of the courtyard and strengthen a lively community.