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. ”