Climate change and depletion of materials necessitate a transition to a circular economy. And how do we take into account other developments that have an impact on working in the future? To get inspiring answers to these current social issues, Architectuur Lokaal took the initiative for the Challenge circular work locations 2050 in collaboration with the province of Noord-Holland, together with Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC) and Stichting Kennisalliantie Bedrijventerreinen Nederland (SKBN). Three teams carried out design research for different work locations into the transition to a circular economy.

Various ideas were exchanged and experiments were conducted with innovative systems in a multi-day workshop. The multidisciplinary exploration of the assignment provides inspiring and effective visions. Through the integration of various (design) disciplines, concrete and promising interventions arise concerning sustainability, circular economy, mobility, digitisation and concepts for future living and working. On Friday the 11th of April, the research on the spatial design of work locations and real estate was concluded in 2050 with a symposium in Pakhuis de Zwijger.

As ‘Team Sloterdijk’ KCAP, Metabolic, RebelGroup and Goudappel Coffeng developed a vision for a number of different work locations around Sloterdijk in Amsterdam. The vision builds on the qualities that are already present in the area: a large diversity of work locations. The area thus has the potential to grow into the ‘engine room’ of the city and region. Key element in this study is the transformation of various individual industrial clusters into a coherent network.

Team Atlaspark: Roy Plevier (HOOPE+PLEVIER Architects), Danny Edwards (Edwards Stadsontwerp), Antonia Sore (EXCEPT integrated sustainability) and Rob ten Bok, KG ParkManagement BV

Team Sloterdijk: Stijn Kuipers (KCAP), Tamara Streefland (Metabolic), Reinier van der Vusse (Rebel Group) and Nick Juffermans (Goudappel Coffeng)

Team Beukenhorst: Joost Hagens (Bureau BUITEN), Peter van Assche (bureau SLA), Thijs van Spaandonk (Bright Cooperatie U.A.) and Ana Luisa Moura (Vereniging Deltametropool)

A report of the symposium and the results of the various case studies can be found on the website of Pakhuis de Zwijger and Architectuur Lokaal. Or check out the Aftermovie Challenge Circulaire Werklocaties 2050.