WasteBasedBrick & StoneCycling, unique building materials from waste

Published on February 7, 2017

Freshly baked aubergine.

Demolition waste is often used as a foundation for roads, but Tom van Soest has thought of a better second life for old construction material. His blender grinds glass, bricks, concrete and even entire sinks into powder. By baking the powders in a specific mix at a high temperature, new stone-like materials are created with which you can build again: Blended Materials (Now StoneCycling). Van Soest conducted many experiments to find the right mixture, shape and heating process. His series of ‘trial bakes’ show an enormous variety in colour and texture.

Graduation project (2012)

Bricks that give your building a unique and sustainable look & feel. The recipe is different for each variation and they all meet the industries requirements. The waste materials are collected in a 150 kilometer radius of the factories they work with. Combining various waste materials open up a range of new possibilities. They like to keep their recipes a secret. But if you are really curious, give them a call!

This house in Rotterdam is made from waste by Architectuur Maken. WasteBasedBrick: Caramel Raw & Sliced. Upcycled waste: 15.000 KG

The StoneCycling concept initially started at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Co-founder of the company Tom van Soest focused during his studies on using the full potential of waste to create new building materials. Using the waste materials as a starting point, he started to grind, blend and process them in different ways. This led to surprising results uncovering the great potential and value waste materials can have.

In 2013 he founded StoneCycling together with Ward Massa. Ever since, StoneCycling has made big steps forward and is now one of the pioneers in designing, developing and producing unique building materials from waste.


Now, 3 years later and many lessons learned, the first buildings including the recycled Waste Based Bricks are coming up. In the years to come StoneCycling is going to introduce a range of new products for the interior and the exterior, enabling architects to give a personal and sustainable touch to their designs.

Studioninedots built with StoneCycling a pavilion with a fireplace right in the heart of it.


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