Haka Building – Recycle Office by Doepel Strijkers Architects

Here at Dodo we’re really impressed with the transformation that’s taking place at the Haka Building in the Nertherlands. Doepel Strijkers Architects are turning the space into a ‘clean tech living lab’ so the building can house eco-friendly water and energy institutions and authorities. The buildings internal elements are made from recycled and second-hand materials and are designed to help reduce the buildings carbon footprint.

The first phase of the construction is now complete – the large glass windows on the ground floor allow the new auditorium, meeting and exhibition spaces to be seen from the street. A flexible acoustic partition wall, constructed of 8,000 kilograms of clothing has been incorporated into the design so that the exhibition area can be adapted depending on the size of the events. A pantry has also been added for catering services if needed – it will be expanded into a professional kitchen during the next phase of the buildings development. As if that wasn’t enough the architects also collaborated with a group of ex-convicts who under their professional guidance helped to provided affordable labour and add a ‘social’ context to the project.

This massive machine-like building will be transformed stage by stage with eco and social awareness in mind – we only hope to see more projects like it – it’s absolutely fantastic! 🙂

Here’s more information from Doepel Strijkers Architects:

HAKA ‘Living Lab’

In 2009 the HAKA building was appointed to become a campus for clean-tech activity. A ‘Living Lab’ for companies, institutions and authorities in the field of water and energy pooling their knowledge and research. For this task Doepel Strijkers Architects explored materials cycles in the area and city scale. Doepel Strijkers Architects is one of the partners of REAP PLUS (Rotterdam Energy Approach & Planning) in which in addition to energy – water, waste, material cycles are also included. This methodology provides the content framework of the project.

There are various material flows investigated from demolition objects for the interior of the Haka building, and with the available material flows a toolbox is developed with generic applications to fill office space. Some objects in this generic toolbox, were realized in the Haka building and the objects are evaluated on technique, CO2 footprint, cost and production process. Thus all items fit in the lab function aims by the Clean Tech Delta in the Haka building.

Flexible use

The building is conceived as a machine that makes the base to future activities. The building organisation follows the flows that go through the building in which the spatial interpretation is based on the optimization of energy and social sustainability. A zoning in private and public spaces can be modified taking the flexible use in the future into account. On the ground floor are the features which make exploitation possible. This public area in the original factory part offers space to work and meetings and hospitality locations. The work platform offers temporary office space for current tenants. Around the platforms catering facilities are situated which also can be used as flex points. The centrally located catering point functions in the first phase of the operation as pantry for the companies on the platforms and as a kitchen / bar during events. With enough space and a flexible layout, this pantry functions as a professional kitchen for a restaurant operator in the next stage. The original office area is located for an auditorium and an exhibition space. An acoustic partition wall constructed from 8000 kilograms of clothing divided in 9 elements, ensures that the space can be adapted to changing needs. Auditorium and exhibition space can function as separate areas but mixed forms are also conceivable.

Recycled Materials

Doepel Strijkers Architects has re-used demolition material from the pre-and post-war building. The demolition process is linked to the building proces of the Haka. When processing the released demolition materials into new products, the intrinsic value of the materials was the leading mode of application. Additional principles in the design process were minimum waste, minimize technical operation and easy removal.

Social component

The design took a building process into account with a social component. A team of people with professional guidance from a disadvantage on the labour market, Work and Probation, build a large proportion of the objects. This implementation process with cheap skilled labour does amplify for the design simple repetitive detail that does not need complex technical operations. It also provides opportunities to design with the awareness of a labour intensive realization. A new affordable craftsmanship with rich detail is thus made possible. This process results in a design that show new qualities which are no longer possible is the conventional design process.

Sustainability Label

In collaboration with AVR / Van Gansewinkel and Public Works is made clear what the impact is of the use of demolition materials and additional transportation and processing on CO2 footprint and cost per item. In addition to the CO2 calculations are also technical aspects of cases that are relevant to the reuse of materials such as certification, fire safety and building costs. The knowledge gained provides insight into the potential of applying this strategy for an area development. Thus it is part of the larger initiative which calls for an alternative strategy for the spatial, economic, environmental and social transition of the area.

For more information please visit:

Doepel Strijkers Architects – www.dsarotterdam.com

Haka Gebouw – http://hakagebouw.nl/nl/home