Architecture of the production landscape

Sewage treatment plant | agriculture | brewery|

After reclamation of the Haarlemmermeer mid-19th century – for safety, employment and food production – the polder was a production landscape. Little has remained: a substantial part of the polder has been developed and the remaining agriculture land is under pressure, also as a result of the rising salty water.

The rising salt water is mainly a problem for agriculture: some crops have a low resistance to salt. Currently scarce freshwater from outside the polder is needed in dry periods to flush the polder water system. Due to the large surface of urban area, rain water cannot be buffered for dry periods. Part of the solution could be to use the purified waste water from this urban area for agriculture. The proposed design, located in the wedge formed by the Schiphol railway line and the high-speed line, consists of parts which are related to the water difficulties in the Haarlemmermeerpolder in various ways. Moreover, the nature of a production landscape is restored. Displaying the various processes as well to the fast passing train passengers as to cyclists is the main objective.

Municipal waste water is being purified in a water treatment plant and then used for agriculture. This reduces the need for freshwater. The agricultural products are used in the brewery cum café-restaurant, where the brewing process is made visible to the guests. This brewery functions as a care brewery, where mentally disabled can help with the structured brewing process and small scale farming.

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