Founded in 2005, Rotor is a group 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.

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Ongoing projects

Our team is currently active on several fronts.

Rotor DC launched its own structure that is now covering all activities related to the deconstruction and the reuse of construction elements. Don’t hesitate to visit our new showroom in Anderlecht!

We have been busy with two big EFRO-funded projects: BBSM, a reflective inquiry into reuse practices, and Masui4Ever, in which we provide design assistance for the renovation of Zinneke's new facilities. We published a book as a result of the research.

Design assistance developed as a new branch of activity within Rotor, for example here in Brussels or there in Paris.

We recently finished the design of the beer bar Dekkera in Forest.

Research

Studio Rotor: Deconstruction, TU Delft

Rotor was invited to be guest professors at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TUDelft in the spring semester of 2017(...)

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Plateforme Réemploi

Putting the reuse of building elements into the city’s political agenda has been one of Rotor’s tasks since its outset, and this project brings this long-term process one step further by creating a public platform for all actors involved in reuse(...)

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Le bâti bruxellois, source de nouveaux matériaux (BBSM) – Feder 2014-2020

As an applied research project within the framework of the 2014-2020 ERDF program, the BBSM project aims to develop circular processes within the Brussels construction industry(...)

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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

Opalis.be : 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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Design and Design Assistance

Who's Eating the Chinese Mitten Crab

This installation is a singular restaurant. Every month, for the duration of Beaufort, chefs from Bruges and elsewhere will serve a meal here based on edible invasive alien species(...)

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Dekkera

Dekkera is a bar and shop specialized in craft and local beers. Rotor designed a tailored project for this former grocer’s shop at the angle of two streets(...)

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Zinneke, Masui4ever – Feder 2014-2020

In November 2015, Rotor launched a new long-term project with the non-profit organization Zinneke for the renovation of their new facilities at Place Masui in Brussels, a project made possible by an EFRO subvention(...)

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Paris Habitat, Casernes de Reuilly

Paris Habitat invited Rotor to assist with the setup of reuse procedures for different phases of this project to convert former military barracks situated near Paris into social housing(...)

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L'équipe

Founded in the late 1960s, L’équipe is an organization involved in the care of mentally-ill patients which has since expanded to occupy more than 18 different buildings across Brussels(...)

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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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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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MAD

(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

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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Exhibitions

What's Eating the Chinese Mitten Crab?

If a theatre play were to be written, telling the story of the Anthropocene, who would be the typical protagonists? Man of course loves to see himself centre-stage(...)

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Ceramic tiles @ Z33, Hasselt

Rotor presented works about material flows and the use of ceramic tiles in industry and construction as part of the Manufactuur 3(...)

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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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Deconstruction

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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Grindbakken

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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Usus/Usures

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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Books

Déconstruction et réemploi. Comment faire circuler les éléments de construction

As a result of our researches for the [BBSM project](http://rotordb(...)

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Deconstruction

An insert in the October 2017 issue of Volume magazine (#51) summarises the results of the [Studio Deconstruction](http://rotordb(...)

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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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