Collaborative approach with high ambitions on circularity, social & nature inclusivity.
Apto Architects develops, finances and builds a fully operational, circular facility at Baaibuurt Oost on Zeeburgereiland. This was our offer to the municipality of Amsterdam for a period of 10 years. Our vision is to create a lively and connected environment, offering spaces for diverse and interesting food and hospitality experiences, start-up collaboration and work spaces, as well as study and social activities.
Kokomo is developed with a high ambition on circularity, social and nature inclusivity. Materials are harvested from the demolished projects in the region. The wooden columns are locally grown, windows are harvested from a nearby commercial building. The oak ceiling panels were previously the floor of the boardroom of the ING bank ‘het Zandkasteel‘. CLT floor panels are harvested from a local school and the bar was previously a bowling alley. Plants are carefully selected in collaboration with ecologic experts, same as the birdhouses, insect hide-aways and bat hangouts. In 10 years time the contractor will buy all materials back and give them even a third life.
The challenge was in the building permit. What materials to specify if you plan to harvest local leftover materials? Our trick was to show a convincing technical and appearance direction.