Pig Farm Year: 2018 | Location: Oirschot | Status: concept, strategy | Client: Polsdonkhoeve Designers: Ivo Hulskamp, Tim Kouthoofd, Piotr Szczesniak
By the year 2030, due to scaling up and farming intensification, there will be ca. 4.200.000m2 of empty agricultural buildings, in the Province of Noord-Brabant. To re-purpose the area they stretch across, all of them will face demolition. The materials that would be lost in the process must be reused!
Together with a farm currently facing this transition, we conducted a pilot project, focusing on wood sourced from the construction elements. It was impossible to be reused in its current condition, because of saturation with ammonia and a strong pungent odor from pork manure.
With circular partners we found a potential in thermal treatment of the wood: during this process, there are no chemicals used and the result is a product that can be applied outdoors as maintenance-free cladding. Its properties improve in strength, durability and appearance, and the technology exists and is already being applied. Using all the reclaimed material we could cover a new group accommodation complex with a swimming pool, which we proposed as the new function for the farm.