Living at World Food Center - meet the architects

An important part of the World Food Center is the development of new-build homes. We already introduce the architects to you.

The area of the World Food Center is around 60 football fields. The part where housing is built is divided into various neighborhoods. It is a mix of houses with a private or shared garden and apartments. On the side of the forest, the Veluwe nature comes through the houses. Closer to the heart of the area, the neighborhoods have a more urban character. The first houses are built on the edge of the Sysselt forest and are located on the highest point of the World Food Center. You can enjoy an unobstructed view of the neighborhood and surroundings in many places. Work is currently being done on the first sketches on this first construction site for housing.

MIX architects
MIX architecture is a nationally operating architectural firm where 24 professionals work. Director Reinier Ubels tells what the vision of MIX is. “We are particularly active in explicit housing plans and are celebrating our 15 year anniversary this year! We want to enrich our living environment with optimistic, friendly and sustainable architecture. To achieve this, we use our enthusiasm and craftsmanship so that our dreams are translated into a built reality. ”

Ubels continues: “As a architectural firm from Ede, we feel closely involved in the future development of our municipality and are proud of the fact that we can contribute to the development of the World Food Center. We are currently working on the design of apartments along the edge of the Sysselt. A beautiful, challenging assignment where the ambitions of the World Food Center and the nature of the Veluwe reinforce each other and are fantastic sources of inspiration for the design of the houses. Making the surrounding landscape liveable is an important design theme at all levels of scale.

The black dog
De Zwarte Hond is a design agency for architecture, urban design and strategy with offices in Groningen, Rotterdam and Cologne. "Our designs are logical and self-evident, as if they have existed for a long time," explains creative director Jeroen de Willigen. “They are always places that touch the heart, because they serve the client and the world. We combine craftsmanship with social commitment.
The great strength of our office is in our expertise at all scales, from chair to city. We thereby create living environments that have meaning for the city and region. That also applies to the World Food Center. "

De Zwarte Hond already carried out research in 2011 into the further development of the Ede-Wageningen zone as a connecting knowledge axis in the Foodvalley region. The telling motto of this study: 'Connect and meet'. Jeroen de Willigen continued this motto in the structural vision and a number of urban development plans. Based on this, a beautiful new place is being developed where that connection and meeting can actually take place, with an attractive mix of living, working and relaxation, within walking distance of the new station.

In this new district on the edge of the Veluwe, we will now also design houses. The houses will be located on the Sysseltse zoom: a relaxed urban living environment in the green. De Willigen: “We have been involved as an urban planner in the development of the World Food Center since 2016. We are happy that we can now also work as an architect. ”

Parklaan construction has begun - WFC will soon be even more accessible

Those who come by car will soon have a lot less time to get to the World Food Center from the A12. Until now it was quite a search on the barracks grounds here in Ede. But with the construction of Parklaan with a direct exit to the WFC site, that will be a thing of the past. Work started last month.

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Definitive design of Parklaan intersections at WFC level.

Ede-Oost is getting busier on the road. Certainly with the developments on our site and the delivery of more and more homes on the other barracks areas and the Enka site. That is why the Municipality of Ede is constructing the new Parklaan that connects the A12 with the N224. The new Parklaan will partly be located along the WFC site and will have 2 turns to the site.

Among other things, the soil is currently being investigated for possible remaining explosives or remains from the Second World War. As soon as this is done, the construction of the road starts. The first turn is expected to be ready for use in the fall of 2020.

View the Parklaan project page here

Public transport next door
Do you prefer to travel by public transport? The World Food Center is right next to the NS intercity station Ede-Wageningen? That means direct connections with Randstad, Arnhem and Amersfoort. Very easy and sustainable!

World Food Center Experience Foundation established

The World Food Center Experience starts 2020 well. This week the independent foundation was set up that will be responsible for the further development and realization of the World Food Center Experience, an exciting theme attraction about food.

With the foundation of the Foundation, the way is clear for important follow-up steps such as the tender of the experience builder, the architect and the operator.

Earlier this week, the colleges of the municipality of Ede and the province of Gelderland agreed to appoint the first board members. After this decision, the World Food Center Experience foundation was established. Leisure specialist Dirk Lubbers is the first board member and treasurer. Former mayor of Ede, Cees van der Knaap becomes chairman of the board. Van der Knaap will temporarily fill this position until a definitive chairman is appointed.

Marcel Goossens director
Marcel Goossens, who as a quartermaster has led all preparatory work for the foundation in recent months, is now responsible as director for the daily management of the foundation. “Now that the foundation has been officially established, we can continue to build on this valuable initiative. In this way, we can really start the various tenders that we have prepared in recent months. With Cees van der Knaap and Dirk Lubbers, we have two dedicated people with whom we will further expand and strengthen the board in the coming period. ”

Experience expertise
With the entry of Dirk Lubbers to the foundation board, the foundation brings in a lot of experience expertise. Dirk has a track record in the field of recreation and tourism. Under his leadership, the Heineken Experience grew into one of the biggest crowd pullers in Amsterdam.

"I am convinced that there is now room for an attraction or experience about food," says Dirk Lubbers. “The location of the Experience is certainly suitable for it. It is easily accessible by both public transport and by car and with the WFC Experience we have a current theme that attracts a lot of interest. It certainly has the potential to become one of the attractions that contributes to the further spread of tourists across the Netherlands. ”

Read the interview with Dirk here

Work was already officially started in November on the development of plans for the World Food Center Experience. Around 80 representatives from the business community, municipality, province, central government, NGOs, science and education then came to the Mauritskazerne in Ede to start the next phase of the development of the WFC Experience.

Ede City Council unanimously approves of Structural Vision

On Thursday, January 23, the Ede city council approved the structural vision and environmental impact assessment unanimously and unanimously. The WFC structural vision describes how the area is laid out. Where do houses or businesses go, which beautiful places do we want to protect and how do we deal with nature or parking?

The accompanying EIA plan (environmental impact assessment) can be read about the effects on the environment. The Council has adopted the structural vision with compliments. With the remark to look carefully at a varied range of sustainable homes and businesses.

Download the summary of the structural vision here

Structural vision and environmental impact assessment established, what does this mean?
Now that the structural vision and environmental impact assessment have been established, both documents are once again made available for inspection. A message about this appears in EdeStad, the Dutch Government Gazette and you can find it online via the website: Are you curious about the structural vision? Download the handy summary here

Next steps
The World Food Center project continues with the decision on the structural vision. For example, the Municipality of Ede, together with developer World Food Center Development, is currently working on the development of building plans for the first offices and homes in the area.