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ADEPT: Place before building

October 26, 2022

ADEPT focuses on urban development and building architecture with an aim to push users, clients, professionals, and the world around us towards a greater responsibility for the limited global resources. Their case project, the Braunstein Taphouse, condensates the four pillars of their approach into one design – holistic sustainability, place-making, community building, and human scale.

The Braunstein Taphouse

The Braunstein Taphouse stands on a stretch of municipality-owned harbor quay that is a potential future part of Køge’s climate adaption strategy. Designing the building for a possible temporary lifespan, the Taphouse is ‘designed for disassembly’ to make recycling of building components a realistic option – either by re-completing the entire building at a different location or by using the materials as part of other projects. The building is completed with mechanical joints only and is composed of only a few materials that are not mixed. These choices reduce the volume of waste considerably compared to similar constructions. All primary wall surfaces are without paint or grout and wood floors are laid with waste product from a nearby flooring manufacturer. The large roof surfaces are made from click-joint polycarbonate, while wooden facades are made from the CO2 neutral Accoya, certified Cradle2Cradle Gold FSC, as well as Danish eco-label Svanemærket. The Taphouse is partly self-sufficient with electricity from solar panels just as natural ventilation reduces the need for mechanical aid. The Braunstein Taphouse fill the role as a new local pivot by offering public events, encouraging community building and adding to the quality of life in the neighborhood.

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ADEPT is a Copenhagen and Hamburg based architecture community founded in 2006. They believe in ‘place before building’ because they see the city as a resilient organism born from the sustainable synergies between people, functions, and places. They design from a circular perspective and prioritize design for disassembly, CO2reduction, climate adaption, and urban biodiversity. They create holistic and sustainable places, spaces, and communities within a wide range of architectural scales - from urban planning and strategic development to building architecture, landscapes, and public space.

ADEPT employs approximately 50 dedicated architects, urban planners, engineers, and landscape architects. They focus their work in the Nordic countries and Germany, but work all over Europe, in Asia, and in the Middle East.