Temporary is literally the opposite of sustainable. Despite this, temporary structures can be a lot more environmentally friendly over time than permanent projects. By applying a modular grid it’s possible to make very flexible designs that are completely prefabricated in a factory before they are taken to the construction site for final assembly. This working method produces moveable buildings, less refuse and transport and consequently lower carbon emissions. The challenge with this concept of radical sustainability lies in the development of a synthesis between architecture and modular construction methods.
The Guesthouse Belvedère was placed on a former mountain of refuse. Today this hill is a beautiful parkland that offers a view over the city of Maastricht. The structure is fully detailed and the construction and cladding consist exclusively of second-hand scaffolding planks. This folly was placed in such a way, that the view focusses on the city in one direction and on the Belgian landscape in the other. The pavilion was transported in ten sections and no connecting materials can be seen after assembly so the wooden planks come completely into their own. The second-hand materials refer to the former tip.