Thomas Musson is a structural engineer and consultant with WSP in the Netherlands


De Geusselt swimming pool in Maastricht is based on “cradle-to-cradle” principles, constructed from sustainable materials that can be reused at the end of their lives. The timber-frame structure with engineered timber panels is designed so that all of the elements can be dismantled and used again. It sits on a concrete base that contains a high proportion of granulate from demolition waste, in place of coarse aggregate. WSP was the structural engineer and energy advisor on the project. Photo: Marcel van der Burg


Just as designers consider how a building can be safely constructed, they should also think about how it can be dismantled at the end of its life