Buildings account for a third of global emissions, and a third of energy and materials consumed worldwide. We should of course build more energy efficient buildings, but another approach is to make buildings more flexible. A building that can easily be changed according to shifting demands, could last longer and will be more desirable. A building that can host all sorts of program, be it housing, commerce or office, stimulates a more diverse culture and a more compact city environment. We proposed this concept called “Shuffle” in a consortium of building professionals for a competition.


Shuffle Building System




Barend Koolhaas and Reinier Suurenbroek


Jeroen Koolhaas