Superuse Studios is a Rotterdam based architecture office that utilises the contextual potential for design. A design is not considered as the beginning of a linear, but circular process: a phase in a continuous cycle of creation and recreation, use and reuse.
The latent properties of used materials and products offer an added value to new products and buildings. Our office views re-use as an integrated design strategy. The reuse concept applies to building materials as well as to energy supplies, human resources, water, traffic and food cycles. We develop strategies for cities to connect different loops, while integrating these processes into the existing urban environment.
Superuse Studios distinguishes 14 different flows that enter and exit our buildings and urban environments.
To get a grip on the complexity of all these aspects, most projects start with investigating the different relevant layers. Important layers are: existing location, context, energy sources, water, food systems, existing built structures, green structures, climate, materials, functionality, ergonomics, available budget, capacity of the project team. After mapping those layers we search for possible interconnections. This ultimately leads to a design that integrates all these aspects.
Even the way the office is organised is conceived as a cyclic development process; research, design, architecture and materials. In research potential waste-streams and regional cycles are investigated. Materials gathers and tests the material before use. The qualified materials are used experimentally within projects in design. In this way knowledge is developed that will be used in architectural projects in architecture. Practical results are then evaluated by research. The materials for our projects are harvested by the materials department.
Our office is connected with the Blue Economy that is developing around the world. The colour of our logo expresses this connection and our aim to strengthen the movement with our work. We are proud to be co-initiator, architect and tenant of Blue City, The vibrant hub for the Blue Economy in Rotterdam