Recycled Buildings

How to Design for Disassembly

Illustration Evgenia Barinova

Design for disassembly (DfD) offers flexibility, convertibility, addition, and subtraction of whole-buildings.” Bradley Guy

Old bricks from the Carlsberg Brewery used in the Resource Rows by the Lendager Group © Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST Studio

It made me think more about what happens to buildings over time — it’s clear that architects just aren’t thinking about the renovation and demolition of their buildings” Bradley Guy

Model from Lendager Group’s exhibition ‘Wasteland: From Waste to Architecture’ exhibition in Kolding, Denmark © Lendager Group

The question we are asking is — what can inspire architecture to develop answers to climate change and wider geopolitical questions through local solutions?” Anders Lendager

Reuse Station, a Local Recycling Centre in Nordhavn, Copenhagen © Lendager Group

We like to think that we harvest material potential, which we call the “tax”, or “data”, held in the beams.” Anders Lendager

Detail from the Seagram Building in New York by Mies van der Rohe. Detail via

The highly speculative nature of most building, whereby there is not a long-term ownership, and therefore adaptation, renovation and demolition costs are not borne by the original owner.” Bradley Guy

Diagram of the Circle House © Lendager Group

Take detail design into your own hands if you wish to design for disassembly. It is important that whoever is taking the building apart needs to be able to access key structural connections” Bradley Guy

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