The Smaakpark (Edible park) is developing on the site of the former Kazerneterrein, in the heart of the Foodvalley. A modest transformation from a former defense building into a cooking school, picking garden, food lab and restaurant where everyone will be welcome from the beginning of 2021 to have a bite to eat or learn something new. In the park there are also 2 bed & breakfast houses and various so-called food follies, where by means of acquaponics can be grown naturally in fish and vegetables. This is done in close collaboration with Wageningen University & Research.
With respect for the existing building, the original façade openings will be reopened and fitted with new large patio doors, to make the relationship between inside and outside as optimal as possible. The existing extension is transformed to a house, which is subordinate to the main building by a black wood covering, referring to the shed typology, both in form and materialization.
Initiators Christian Weij and Petra Busser have been active in the field of healthy and responsible food for years and have given workshops in the existing building for some time. Now that the plans are final and the finances are complete, realization can actually be started.
This also happens in a sustainable way. The aim is to realize the building and the park as much as possible in a Circular manner, in which the rainwater and gray wastewater are buffered and purified on location and returned to the park. A natural pond with a loam soil maintains the water balance in the high sandy soil and the (edible) plants are grown in a sustainable and natural way, both in and around the building. Rob Roggema of Citta Ideale is responsible for the landscape design of the park. For all new elements sustainable materials will be used such as untreated wood and a new steel construction that is treated with linseed oil and is not welded so that it can be dismantled and reusable. The building is gas-free and the 180 solar panels on the roof provide a large part of the demand for electricity.
In everything that needs to be renovated, built, or developed, the sustainability aspect has been considered. Demolition waste, kitchen waste, garden waste and waste water will be reused on location as much as possible. The demolition process (or actually disassembly) has already started, with a team of volunteers helping to carefully remove all existing elements that are reusable, such as wooden slats, ceiling finishes, wall panels, doors, sanitary ware, but also sand-lime brick, cleaned and secured for reuse in the new building. Stony demolition waste that will no longer be reused is used as rubble in the gabions that form the site boundary so that it can grow with rock plants.