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Material Passport

The interim — example of a material stock

Since 1998, the Danish company Genbyg has specialized in the purchase and resale of used and recycled building materials. Used doors, windows and other materials are given a new life when they are carefully taken down and shipped to the warehouse and shop on Amager, Copenhagen. The materials are recorded and put their website, so that both private customers and professionals can find the used building materials that are old, inspiring, funny and beautiful. The materials are available whether sitting at home in front of your computer or visiting the store in person. Genbyg’s concept goes beyond regular recycling: doors, floorboards and other from their stock will be upcycled and converted into modern tables, shelving and other furniture.43 Genbyg’s concept of purchasing and reselling building materials can be seen as a small-scale version of the proposed ’material stock’ that handles building in the interim phase. 43 genbyg.dk

The prices for the reused building materials at Genbyg is actually higher than new ones from the manufacturer. There’s several reasons for this; the materials are of a higher quality and they have a unique attracive patina that the customers want to pay for. On top of that, are some of the materials connected to a special history, which is explained on the website — like a material passport. Examples are hospitals, ships, schools and factories that have special place in Danish history and culture, which customers wants to own a part of.

Photos: Genbyg’s store on Amager is a like an archive of reused building materials. They sell all types of non-structural reused building components like doors, floor boards, tiles, lamps, etc. The elements comes as both individual unique objects and larger bulks of identical pieces are sold to both private and professional customers. All photos © GXN

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