Founded in 2005, Rotor is a collective of people with a common interest in the material flows in industry and construction.

On a practical level, Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects.
On a theoretical level, Rotor develops critical positions on design, material resources, and waste through research, exhibitions, writings and conferences.


Ongoing projects

Our team is currently active on several fronts.

We're actively developing Rotor DC, a range of services aiming at facilitating the reuse of building materials in large scale projects. We are listing a wide spectrum of salvaged items on our RotorDC Store.

We recently published the dutch language version of 18-months study Vade Mecum, and we recently updated Opalis with documentation on the reuse of building materials. A part of the office is intensely working on an upcoming publication broadening insights on the practice of reuse in the built environment.

Some permanent and local contributions can be visited, some recent in Namur and Antwerp, a decaying one in Ghent, and soon in Brussels.


Vade-mecum for Off-Site Reuse

Legal and practical guidelines for the reclamation of reusable materials from public buildings, September 2015(...)

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Rotor Deconstruction

After almost 10 years of research on the flows of materials in industry and construction, Rotor is proud to launch a spin-off: [Rotor Deconstruction](http://rotordc(...)

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Opalis : an online inventory of the professional sector in salvaged building materials around Brussels(...)

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Analyses of building and demolition waste in Brussels

This study explores the flows of construction & demolition waste in the Brussels region, both upstream (on the construction sites) and downstream (in the waste industry)(...)

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Parodi bookshop

Antonio Parodi contacted Rotor for his project of library called “LibreBook” with the wish of developing the concept of an interior design using a significant amount of reused materials(...)

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Spoor Oost

Design consultancy for an open-air public area in Antwerp.

Bending a commission for art into a design collaboration, Rotor contributed to the refashioning of a former industrial site into a multi-purpose public space for the coming 9 years: partly parc, sports ground, setting for large scale events and event parking(...)

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Abattoirs de Bomel

In this project Rotor acted as matchmakers between a building and its occupants. The building was a freshly renovated 1940’s former slaughterhouse, in Bomel, a rather underprivileged neighborhood of Namur(...)

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Lafayette Anticipation

Transformation de bâtiment pour le siège de la Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette

_"Ce ne sont pas vraiment des espaces(...)

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(Mode & Design Brussels)

Project for a design and fashion Centre in Brussels conceived in a joint team with the architecture office Vplus(...)

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KFDA 2010

For the second year, the KunstenFestivalDesArts has commissioned Rotor to build the headquarters for its yearly festival(...)

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Centredufestivalcentrum KFDA09

Rotor designed an ambitious project for Les Brigittines(...)

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RDF181 was a temporary structure on a wasteland in the centre of Brussels. For a year, it housed Rotor's headquarters as well as occasional exhibitions and meetings(...)

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Deconstruction @ Constellation.s

In the summer of 2016, Arc en rêve, the architecture centre of the city of Bordeaux, has been featuring Constellation(...)

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An exhibition on salvaging and reusing building components, held in a spectacular venue: the half-deconstructed performance hall of the Athénée Léonie de Waha, a listed Art-Deco school designed by Jean Moutschen, 1938(...)

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Behind the Green Door

Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability / Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013

_Every so often society experiences a profound shift in its model of perceiving the world(...)

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Leuven, 2012

Exhibition consisting of a series of paintings depicting 15 scenes captured on the territory of Leuven and related to the cities ambitions on sustainable development(...)

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A masterplan has been designed for the docks of Ghent. Some buildings have to disappear while concrete will be poured somewhere else, waterside dwellers will meet new neighbours and yesterday’s practices will make way for current activities(...)

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OMA / Progress

Barbican Art Gallery, London

The exhibition OMA/Progress was the result of a six months investigation during which Rotor had privileged backstage access to OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) ; we made numerous visits to building sites, archives and offices worldwide; and have had free access to project discussions and partner meetings, etc(...)

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Ex Limbo

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Ex limbo, the project presented by Rotor at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, is an investigation of the architectural and scenographic elements realized for the fashion show sets designed by Prada and OMA for more than a decade(...)

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Belgian pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

Rotor represented Belgium's French Community at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia(...)

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Deutschland im Herbst

In this project, commissioned by the [Ursula Blickle Foundation](http://www(...)

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Behind the Green Door (the book)

A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects

The book Behind the Green Door is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm within architecture and urban planning(...)

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Abitare 353 / Sustainable

A section of this issue of Abitare was guest-edited by Rotor(...)

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Ex Limbo - Exhibition catalog

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Ex Limbo is the publication issued on occasion of the exhibition with the same name at the Fondazione Prada in April 2011(...)

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Usus/Usures (Catalogue)

Etat des lieux - How things stand

This publication emerged from an intensive investigation carried out in Belgium(...)

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