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Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe

Norell/Rodhe

https://norellrodhe.se/

Odengatan 37, Stockholm, Sweden
Norell/Rodhe is a Stockholm-based architecture studio founded in 2012 by Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe. The studio views architecture as a cultural practice, and each project seeks to unfold stories and enter into conversations with the city and its inhabitants. The work ranges from competitions and commissions to exhibitions and research. Under Construction is supported by C-ARC at Chalmers University of Technology and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

Under Construction


A Real-World Fiction

Under Construction


A Real-World Fiction
Under Construction imagines a city that is constantly being rebuilt using the same stock of materials.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Reuse of building materials is not just a problem of logistics and material flows. It is as much a cultural and architectural problem. One of the most persistent architectural conventions is to consider abstract space before objects and materials. Building elements and furnishings should be subservient to a larger whole. This approach is aligned with a view on the world that is inherited from industrialism, in which any materials could be sourced anew and moulded into shape indefinitely. Reuse, as a conceptual approach to architecture, is different in that the starting point is a specific and limited stock of elements and chunks of materials. Each piece of material comes with a set of qualities – a character – that may be amplified, subverted or altered. In addition, depending on the relation between the context of the original structure and the new structure, reused objects may be charged with different cultural value and meaning.


Under Construction is a fictional neighbourhood built from discarded building materials. It begins with a scavenger hunt where we visit demolition sites and collect building materials: fractions of concrete, asphalt, shards of glass, fragments of window frames, bits of plasterboard, plastic piping, and so on.

By playing with the scale of this kit of parts, we design a neighbourhood constructed from reused materials. Armed with hot glue guns we erect a bustling city with a rich and varied materiality. As structures grow, interiors, furniture and infills between fragments are created from recyclable filament using off the shelf 3d-printers.

Fractions of materials found in waste and recycling stations in Stockholm, September 2018.

Collection of found materials and building elements ready for repurposing.

Under Construction


A Real-World Fiction

Under Construction


A Real-World Fiction
Under Construction imagines a city that is constantly being rebuilt using the same stock of materials.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Reuse of building materials is not just a problem of logistics and material flows. It is as much a cultural and architectural problem. One of the most persistent architectural conventions is to consider abstract space before objects and materials. Building elements and furnishings should be subservient to a larger whole. This approach is aligned with a view on the world that is inherited from industrialism, in which any materials could be sourced anew and moulded into shape indefinitely. Reuse, as a conceptual approach to architecture, is different in that the starting point is a specific and limited stock of elements and chunks of materials. Each piece of material comes with a set of qualities – a character – that may be amplified, subverted or altered. In addition, depending on the relation between the context of the original structure and the new structure, reused objects may be charged with different cultural value and meaning.


Under Construction is a fictional neighbourhood built from discarded building materials. It begins with a scavenger hunt where we visit demolition sites and collect building materials: fractions of concrete, asphalt, shards of glass, fragments of window frames, bits of plasterboard, plastic piping, and so on.

By playing with the scale of this kit of parts, we design a neighbourhood constructed from reused materials. Armed with hot glue guns we erect a bustling city with a rich and varied materiality. As structures grow, interiors, furniture and infills between fragments are created from recyclable filament using off the shelf 3d-printers.

Fractions of materials found in waste and recycling stations in Stockholm, September 2018.

Collection of found materials and building elements ready for repurposing.


Idea by

Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe
Norell/Rodhe
Odengatan 37
Stockholm
Sweden
Norell/Rodhe is a Stockholm-based architecture studio founded in 2012 by Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe. The studio views architecture as a cultural practice, and each project seeks to unfold stories and enter into conversations with the city and its inhabitants. The work ranges from competitions and commissions to exhibitions and research. Under Construction is supported by C-ARC at Chalmers University of Technology and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.