#BLADEMADE

At Superuse, waste rotor blades are seen as structural and aesthetic elements for large-scale, worldwide use in design and architecture. Blade made designs reduce wind energy waste and provide an opportunity for later recovery of valuable composite materials.

If only 5% of The Netherlands’ yearly production of urban furniture such as playgrounds, public seating, and bus shelters were made using waste rotor blades, then all of The Netherlands’ estimated 400* waste rotor blades produced annually would be removed from the waste stream.

 

(* ~2000 wind turbines, assuming 15-year blade lifespan) ☢︎ = 1000 MW = ±10 tonnes composite material

The latest research shows that we will face around 43 million tonnes of wind turbine blade material waste worldwide.
 (Pu Liu a & Claire Y. Barlow, 2017)

EXTENDED RESEARCH:

State-of-the-art review of product stewardship strategies for large

composite wind turbine blades

Lead by Daniel Martinez-Marquez, with Nick Florin , Wayne Hall, Peter Majewski, Hao Wang, Rodney A. Stewart.

“Architects can play a fundamental role by using waste, and what’s more, ingenuity, to convert waste into structures that are useful, imaginative, and beautiful.”

 

Bahamón & Sa njinés 2010

From the book: REMATERIAL : From Waste to Architecture'.

REWIND ALMERE

 

Superuse designed shelters for the thousands of daily commuters at the bus and train station at Almere Poort, the Netherlands. The durable and indestructible shelter design uses four 30m rotor blades. Waste rotor blades are easy to find in Almere, being Flevoland the first province in terms of wind energy production.

Tensioned netting between the four towers allows climbing and embraces this central space to be used for street football, also called PannaVeld. The material chosen for the green carpet is 'Nike gravel', made from upcycled shredded sneakers.

The overlaid blades compose a diversity of spaces for different age groups and activities. The intent was to create a labyrinth where children could endlessly chase each other around the elements while also finding shelter within the interior spaces for different ways of playing.

The intact blade and remaining sections were overlaid, inspired by the classic children's game 'Mikado'. So the name 'Wikado' is derived from 'Mikado', and the Dutch word 'WIEK stands for rotor blades. 

WIKADO PLAYGROUND

 

The REWIND public seating is located at Willemsplein, a public square at the foot of the famous Erasmus bridge; made from rotor blades and upcycled concrete, the iconic design was created for the municipality of Rotterdam with joint funding from Joulz Energy Company.

The municipality required a durable seating with iconic quality for people waiting to board harbour tour boats, but that could also be temporarily removed, when necessary, to make room for public events.

The blades were cut into four sections to harness the different inherent qualities along the blade's length, resulting in construction pieces that are essentially readymade for various construction purposes.

As a statement made by both designers and the municipality of Almere, the shelters are placed parallel to the train line, making them visible from the trains.