Pavilion ‘Het Raathuis’

A new, intimate, inspiring, educational location with the theme “The BEE” in the Fruit Garden of West in Amsterdam.

‘The Raathuis’ can be used and used – and can be rented for various small-scale nature experience-related cultural activities. For instance as an “artist in residence” and or as a wedding location.

To rent ‘Het Raathuis’, please contact the Fruittuin van West

Biobased Construction Living Lab

‘Het Raathuis’ was commissioned by the Fruittuin van West as a kick-off for the construction of a number of thematic biobased pavilions to be realized in the setting of a ‘Biobased Construction Pilot Garden’.

The Cord Wood Technique

The pavilion was built with Cut-off wood from the Cord Wood technique and with the principles of ZERO WASTE.
The Cord Wood technique is originally a natural construction method in which short logs are stacked crosswise in a “natural” mortar mixture to build walls. This technique uses local materials at minimal cost. The recycled apple juice bottles from the Fruittuin, which have been incorporated into the back wall, were collected during the construction process to create a unique pattern with a special incidence of light in the pavilion.

The BEE

The Beehive of ‘Het Raathuis’ has been constructed mid 2020. The intention is to create a nesting place for the solitary bees and wasps that normally nest underground and are threatened with extinction with a substrate of sandy clay (loamy sand).

Stadshout Amsterdam

Stadshout Amsterdam (Citywood Amsterdam)w as responsible for the design and execution of the construction, supplied wood for the skeleton, residual wood for the construction of the walls, plus the sawdust for the composition of the mortar mixture, as extra insulation for the clay walls. Wood shavings were used as intermediate wall insulation.
The Foundation “Stadshout Amsterdam” processes felled trees from the city of Amsterdam in a sustainable and ecological way, and gives the trees a new purpose in their own city.

 

Ode to the Poplar

The wood used mainly comes from the Poplar. The Poplar is one of the most common tree species in the Netherlands. In earlier times it was widely used as lumber. The Poplar wood, although it grows quickly, is extremely strong and resistant to weather influences due to its cross-fiber structure. Except as lumber, Poplar is widely used to make clogs that are virtually unbreakable due to the structure of the wood.
Poplars are an iconic element in the Dutch landscape. They are planted along roads, dikes and as windbreaks. The tree usually produces beautiful straight trunks that only start to branch after 5-6 meters, so that they produce a lot of “error-free” wood. This pavilion is certainly also an ode to the Poplar!
The origin of most of the trees is engraved in the wood of ‘The Raathuis’.

 

Tierrafino Clay

Tierrafino (Amsterdam Clay Factory) did supply the clay for the construction of the walls, took care of the execution of the outer walls and the plastering of the inner walls with Tierracol (an adhesive clay) and ‘BASE’, a white and ocher-colored basecoat clay plaster with straw. The bottle window / ornament is set in with ‘BASE’, white basecoat clay plaster with straw.
Clay, one of the oldest building materials in human history, optimizes air and moisture, saves energy and CO2, is fully circular, anti-static, mold-resistant and sound-absorbing. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This creates a healthy and balanced indoor climate that perfectly matches modern sustainable building needs and climate goals.

 

Bioseal

Together with partner Impershield a bioseal coating was developed by Tierrafino to be able to impregnate the outer walls of the ‘Raathuis’  to make them water resistant. Based on centuries old recipes, knowledge conceived and applied by the South American Maya, Impershield and Tierrafino are developing new recipes for providing natural bioseal waterresistant coatings and additives for natural clay plasters and paints.

Insulation material

The roof and foundation of ‘Het Raathuis’ are insulated
with HempFlax by Eco-logisch, (online) department store
for ecological building & living in Amsterdam. eco-logisch.nl

Printing

The printing company that thinks green, acts sustainably and breathes printing
is the sponsor of the printed matter. debij.nl

Audiovisual design

Mirjam Brunke:  hydrologist, photographer and filmmaker filmed part of the construction process as part of her latest documentary about sustainable projects in the city of Amsterdam.
miriambrunke.com

Community Building / Workshops

Stadshout (Amsterdam) and Tierrafino Clay supported all participants during the public workshops in teaching the Cord Wood technique and building the wood clay walls of ‘Het Raathuis’.

Thanks to all participants for their energetic efforts and results!

Thanks also to our inspiration mascots the Masonry / Earth Bees!

Sponsors

Stadshout Amsterdam, Tierrafino Clay and the sponsors who contributed to this project have a mission to make an essential contribution to a beautiful, healthy and environmentally friendly living environment. This mission is in line with the ideological character of the Fruittuin van West.

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