Serving a double purpose as an office building and a ‘material bank’, this building was constructed with over 165,000 screws. As concrete and steel are often welded together or poured into place, structures are demolished when reaching their useful life. Conventional materials used are not readily reusable causing a linear metabolism instead of a more conscious and circular process. The office building is a material bank as it can be dismantled, which in turn conserves the value of its materials and components creating no waste since its materials can be reused.
Building materials should be assessed in terms of their life cycle in order to achieve maximum circular potential. Starting to shift into more reconstructable materials and designs will allow engineers, constructors, and designers to depend less on energy-intensive and heavy emitting materials such as concrete and steel.