Recyclable material collection center / RUHM Architekten
Text description provided by the architects. This recycling and waste management center is a project of the community association for environmental protection of St. Pölten in Lower Austria, with one goal: to transform old waste disposal areas into an infrastructure user-friendly for collecting and sorting recyclable materials. in the local community, a space that allows our towns, villages and lives to function as they should.
The project consists of two structures: timber and concrete service building – public space raised 1.70 m above the operating area, visually connected by a lower concrete wall. Depending on the vocation of the building and the customer’s zero waste approach, the choice of materials was made in the most ecological, resource-efficient and low-impact way possible, large rooms are built in the form of wooden structures laminated, the safety zones are concrete with steel posts, while all the insulation used is ecological. A green roof with low energy consumption and solar energy overhangs the structure creating shade, covered with vegetation collecting rainwater.
The logistics of the operation were the main design criteria. The main part of the building is open in character, depending on its function. The long horizontal structure reflects vehicle traffic and waste management processes, intuitively planned for maximum efficiency, essentially ensuring sufficient locations for waste containers and uninterrupted traffic flow, as well as a maneuvering area for waste containers. operations. Collection containers are filled on site by customers and then transported by the disposal company for further processing.
To provide weather protection for consolidation and loading processes, the collection container area is covered. The main facade towards the public space as well as the operating area is open and the management office is judiciously integrated into the environment, allowing a better overview of the processes. In separate areas are provided the disposal of oil, batteries, electrical and hazardous waste, in addition, the building is completed by a covered loading area for green waste and compost.