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Brief Published: 9 Feb 2011

Haka 'Living Lab'


An old factory in Rotterdam has been transformed into an inspiring office space for an eco-energy research centre through the imaginative use of recycled materials.

Designed by Doepel Strijkers Architects, the Haka building features an auditorium, meeting area, pantry and exhibition space.

Referred to by the architects as a 'Living Lab', it includes reclaimed materials from numerous demolition sites, and features a colourful partition wall created from 8,000 kilograms of second-hand clothing.

Adding a socially progressive accent to the eco-aspect, the architects also employed a group of ex-convicts to carry out the construction work.