Roggebotstaete is a former tree nursery on 'new land', reclaimed dutch polder soil in the northeastern part of The Netherlands. The landscape is transforming into a publicly accessible estate, a leisure park combined with a production facility for food and other crops.
The Roggebotstaete mantra is to open up natural, agricultural and sustainable processes to visitors, make them visible and accessible.
The visitor's centre was to be the starting point for all visitors, a place to see, learn and experience the natural context. A place to sleep, eat, learn and meet.
We have embedded the visitor's centre in a new 'terp' - a traditional artificial mound. The more private elements of the program (sleeping, library, silence space) are put on top of a hill, put together in a cluster of iconic blocks.
In the belly of the hill, the public living room is positioned.
This refers to a village typology well recognizable around the Zuiderzee, the lake that has been where the land is now.
A cluster of small houses on top of an artificial hill, in order to protect each other from the wind, raised to protect it from the water.