Moes is a bar and restaurant in the basement underneath De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. The philosophy of the restaurant is to use seasonal, local products as the basis of its menu.
2012Architects from Rotterdam designed the interior with the same philosophy: what you can get from nearby, is good.
The restaurant is designed as a sequence of spaces with different atmospheres: a gradient of sound, light and movement which goes from the entrance on the busy Prins Hendrikkade to the quite garden in the back. Lighting, acoustic, materials and ventilation are tuned in a different way for each section of the restaurant.
Through a harvest map several waste materials within a radius of few kilometres were found: cable reels from the street works, light boxes from Schiphol Airport, rubber rolls from the print industry, acoustic ceiling tiles from offices buildings. All these materials have been re-used in a functional way to shape the interior of the restaurant. The cable reels have been dismounted and the wooden core reused for benches and the vault, while the metallic components like threads, steel plates and rings have been reused for the tables. The thin metallic table plates are clad with rubber print rolls. The Schiphol light boxes are turned into the lighting system of the restaurant but also into a display system for wine and other bottles. The acoustic tiles are used to dump the sound reverberance in different spaces of the restaurant.
In total 60% of the materials used for the interior of Moes are coming from waste material streams. The well known superuse strategy from 2012Architects strongly reduces the impact embedded in the starting up of the restaurant.
Nevertheless when studying the functioning of the restaurant and of the art centre above it is evident that a lot of food, energy and water waste streams are produced. 2012Architects is therefore developing another strategy, known as cyclifier, to intercept the waste heat and water as well as the organic waste and to re-use them locally to produce fish, vegetables and herbs for the kitchen.
This will turn Moes into a system that can run on much less inputs because it is able to convert waste streams from the surroundings into resources.
Team: Césare Peeren, Marco Zaccara, Esther Nieboer