Coming full circle: How BIM and circularity connect
How do you connect BIM and circularity? What new design attitude does this entail? How do you quantify circularity? These were the key questions addressed during a Building Information Modelling (BIM) presentation at Bimplan Belgium by CONIX RDBM ARCHITECTS who used the renovation of the MULTI tower as an example.
BDNA member CONIX RDBM ARCHITECTS was the visionary firm behind the design of the 18 storey MULTI tower and its multifunctional office and public space.
Formerly known as ‘de Brouckère’ Tower, MULTI was converted into an office environment with various tenants and designed to encourage conviviality and spatial engagement.
The theme of circularity in the MULTI renovation can be seen in its usage of leftover materials from other construction projects predominantly from other tertiary buildings in Brussels such as the natural stone floor from Belgian designer Jules Wabbes. More than 50 doors were also taken from one of the WTC towers of Brussels North District.
According to CONIX RDBM ARCHITECTS, “Circularity, in essence is a logistic process in which a series of variables and parameters need to fit and resonate: probability, availability, fit ability, and not unimportantly: the human condition. This kind of volatility and fluidity require an adapted design attitude.”
Hence before and during the construction of MULTI, the team had to think about construction should lead to reuse, the research and development of prototypes and the coordination and alignment of availability of materials and their place in the design.