The Exploded View Beyond Building

A project by our spin-off design studio: Biobased Creations

The Exploded View Beyond Building is an iconic installation of a full-size home that is made entirely of biobased materials, circular construction methods and stories about the changing value chain of which it is part.

Living Lab
A groundbreaking living lab is now coming from the makers of the award-winning The Growing Pavilion. The Exploded View Beyond Building is a collaboration and ongoing open-source research of builders, producers, farmers, scientists, designers, governments, knowledge institutes, storytellers, and artists united in The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building. Together we advocate for serious upscaling and a thorough system change because you build a whole world if you build biobased.

Through research, experiment, storytelling, imagination (materialization), and meetings, we work on new perspectives for sustainable (circular and biobased) building and living; a circular living environment. We conduct research into the possibilities of new biobased materials with high design quality and circular construction methods such as detachability and modularity. We also investigate specific themes related to system change:

  • Health: From polluted air to breathing homes
  • Agriculture: From agriculture to arable land
  • Neighborhoods of the future: From paved to living neighborhoods
  • Value: From linear to circular

We include both professionals and the general public in the results of our search. We tell you what we have discovered, but also what we don’t know yet. We show the possibilities and the pain points. And we invite everyone to think and participate. With the aim of redirecting the conversation from “is this possible?” towards “how are we going to do this well together?”. In this way, we aim to advance towards a shared and consolidated reappraisal of what is of value.

The expo installation, scale 1 to 1, forms the core of the living lab and can be visited live and online with in-depth stories and research. The installation takes visitors through the cycle of circular and biobased construction in various themes and storylines and shows how we can influence more worlds, than just the construction world, if we design and build differently. We show and experience that a great deal is already possible on scale, affordable and manageable, that it is healthier for people and the world and that it is part of a much larger chain as an alternative to the current systems built on pollution and depletion. In this way we inspire the public, policy, construction and agriculture sectors and encourage them to rethink what has and deserves real value.

Where to find The Exploded View Beyond Building
The Exploded View Beyond Building was first presented at Dutch Design Week 2021 and in 2022 at Floriade Expo 2022. From April until October 2023 The Exploded View Beyond Building will be on show at Kamp C near Antwerp, Belgium.

Design: Pascal Leboucq
Concept: Pascal Leboucq & Lucas De Man

The Exploded View Beyond Building is made possible by:
Floriade, Dutch Design Foundation, Biobased Creations, Caspar de Haan, BPD gebiedsontwikkeling, Jansen AG, Provincie Noord-Brabant, TNO, WAM&VanDuren Bouwgroep, Van Gelder.

In collaboration with 
Knowledge partners:
RoosRos Architecten, Stichting Agrodome /, Aveco de Bondt Duurzaamheidsadvies, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Avans Hogeschool Lectoraat Biobased Bouwen 

Program partners:
Museum de Fundatie, The New Block, PRICE, LENTE woningcorporaties, BlueCity, CLICKNL, Citydeal Circulair en Conceptueel bouwen, College van Rijksadviseurs, Price, Rabobank, Het Oversticht

Material partners: 
Forbo Flooring, Holcim Bouw & Infra, ECOplex, Van Helvoirt groenprojecten, Omlab, Gencork (sofalca), Platowood, Fiction Factory, Gramitherm, HuisVeendam, Exie, Warmteplan, Hurks, 1 2 3 Materieel

Together these organisations form The Embassy of Circular & Biobased Building, curated by Biobased Creations, part of World Design Embassies program of Dutch Design Foundation program. 

The team of The Exploded View: Pascal Leboucq, Lucas De Man, Emiel Rietvelt, Diana van Bokhoven, Jasper van den Berg, Jopie de Zeeuw, Rosemarie Allaert, Ruben Bus, Sam Schwab, Lennart van der Heide, Fatema Baheranwala, Doudouce Knol, Wouter Goedheer, Kimberly Major, Jip Verwiel, Enyo Lake 

More information on the biobased materials used in this project can be found in