crushed concrete and glass are recycled into lime-cured bricks for a new museum wing

crushed concrete and glass are recycled into lime-cured bricks for a new museum wing

Made with gent’s municipal waste.

Dubbed the ‘Gent Waste Brick for DING’, three architectural firms collaborate to produce low-carbon, lime-cured bricks bricks made from 63% recycled municipal waste in the city of Ghent for the construction of the new wing of the Ghent Design Museum (DING) in Belgium.

The temporary partnership between TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw of Ghent, Carmody Groarke from London, and RE-ST architectenvennootschap from Antwerp repurposes the growing discarded objects of the Belgian city into ecological blocks that will build the museum extension.

The pale colored brick and white mortar is composed of locally sourced municipal waste streams, including crushed concrete and white glass with lime as the primary binding agent. All the composite materials have been carefully selected to create a white tone that follows the facade of the building.

The new exterior has been designed to reference the light-toned civic buildings in Gent. Waste materials are meticulously filtered and sorted at a production facility in Gent before being pressed into their specified shape and size.

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images courtesy of Carmody Groarke | photos by Cinzia Romanin and Thomas Noceto

Gent waste brick for DING

The design team says Gent Waste Brick for DING is cured rather than fired, which helps the end result gain strength from carbonation. “Hydraulic lime captures CO2 from the atmosphere as the bricks cure, sequestering carbon for the life of the building.” The Carmody Groarke team writes.

The design team worked closely together to specify a material composition that is low in carbon and provides the strength and resilience required for use in external conditions. The lime-cured bricks will be made in a derelict industrial area in Ghent using a simple production process that could easily be replicated in other urban settings.

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crushed glass

The design team ensures that there are no resulting emissions, by-products or waste during production. The new wing of the Design Museum Gent will serve as an extension to the existing buildings and house galleries and event spaces for the museum’s cultural programs and visitor outreach. The museum writes that if everything runs smoothly, the new wing could be unveiled by the end of 2023.

The project has been funded through a generous grant from Circular Flanders and sogent, on behalf of the City of Gent, and was researched in collaboration with the Design Museum Gent, sogent, Carmody Groarke, BC Materials, Local Works Studio and TRANS architects.

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forming the bricks

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waste brick for DING

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the Ghent Design Museum (DING) is temporarily closed to make way for the new wing

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