Team Plug in City/
Bygg Architecture, Ivo Hulskamp & Raphaël Coutin

Team Plug-in-city, Frits Ham, Meubelfabriek Veldhuizen Oirschot, Studio Remy, Corradino Garofalo, Ben Pearce... and more

Provada, June 2019 -2025  

RAI, Amsterdam NL


Plug-in-Provada is a temporary pavilion, developed by team Plug-in-City (Bygg Architecture, Studio Ivo Hulskamp, Studio Raphael Coutin), for the real estate fair Provada in the RAI in Amsterdam. It was commissioned through public tender by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, the real estate organization of the Dutch government, and the pavilion is a significant example of fully circular design and construction.

Plug-In-Provada has been designed according to the open structures system, with recycled materials and elements. The use of the open structures system offers very flexible opportunities in terms of (re) usability, recognisability and sustainability.

Moreover, other items, such as chairs, tables and cabinets are all designed by team Plug-in-City for the pavilion and produced from recycled materials. All interior elements in the pavilion are uniquely made for this application. The commission did include the design, the entire production, the construction on the venue, the dismantling and finally the storage for next use. The client intends to re-use the pavilion for the duration of six years, after which we will find new purpose for all the components in new circular projects, thus keeping the materials in an endless loop.

The pavilion is modular, removable, materials are kept intact as much as possible (not subdivided) and dimensions are commonly used, so that the parts remain intact and usable in the future, for a new sustainable purpose. In order to keep track of these materials and elements, the team has created an online databank called Materialenbank with all information about the heritage of the materials. QR-codes on the different elements of the pavilion give access to the databank.