The story behind our office
Our Office in the Plus Ultra II Building
In 2050 the food system needs to offer food security to ten billion people worldwide. It is a major challenge but one that is achievable if we join forces. And joining forces is just that little bit easier in the Plus Ultra II building on the Campus of Wageningen University & Research.
The reason Foodvalley NL chose this office building is because the Plus Ultra II building was built to house small and large organisations that solve the issues of 2050 together. You will find start-ups, scale-ups, established companies, corporates, multinationals, cluster organisations, university knowledge transfer office and more. Together we find the answers to the issues we face, in which everyone has their role.
Deep dive into the DNA
Jamie van Lede of Origins Architects is responsible for the sustainable design, which was realised in just 3.5 months. To arrive at his design, Jamie did a thorough analysis. “I want to know who I am designing for. Not an anonymous guideline of 1.8 children and 2.3 lease cars in front of the door, but a deep dive into the DNA of the commissioning party.” Jamie knows from experience that a move is a good time to initiate a transition or cultural change within a company, because it literally means a new start. “This was also the case with Foodvalley NL. From network organisation to innovation accelerator; that requires a matching look & feel.”
Nature is also literally reflected in Jamie’s design. Almost everything in the Foodvalley NL office is biobased and therefore 100% recyclable or even compostable. How about:
- Walls made of discarded coffee grounds
- Wallpaper made of mowed alpine meadow
- Countertops of pressed textile
- Acoustic panels of Dutch poplar wood
- Floors of goat hair
- Chairs made of artichoke fibres
- Desks made of recycled steel
- Lamps made of cardboard
- Tables and art made of Mycelium
- Walls made of natural linoleum
- Carpets of goats hair
- Table from carton
Are you interested in the considerations that Jamie van Lede made? Read this article .