SubZero-Pavilion Floriade-2022 Expo Almere, Holland Horticultural Project

SubZero-Pavilion, Floriade-2022 Expo Almere, NL

Contemporary Dutch Development design by Doepel-Strijkers The Netherlands

18 Jan 2016

SubZero-Pavilion Floriade-2022 Almere

Design: Doepel-Strijkers, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Designs unveiled for a sunken pavilion with earth walls and a rooftop greenhouse, which will be built in Almere ahead of the Floriade 2022 horticultural expo, a six-month festival.

SubZero-Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

SubZero-Pavilion at Floriade-2022 Expo Almere

Construction is due to start in 2016 on the SubZero Pavilion. The building will be located on the artificial 45-hectare peninsula that celebrated Dutch architecture studio MVRDV has designed especially for the expo.

The base of the building will be five metres below sea level, whilst the roof will function as a winter garden. “The Innovation Workshop is a landmark building on the Floriade terrain where businesses, students and knowledge institutions develop crossover innovations around the themes of nutrition, health and wellbeing”, state the designers, Rotterdam’s Doepel-Strijkers.

SubZero Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

The structure will house an innovation workshop based on the themes of nutrition, health and wellbeing.

SubZero Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

The building will function as the pavilion for Flevoland, this central Dutch province established in the 1986 on land reclaimed from the Zuiderzee inland sea. Most of the province sits five metres below sea level, hence the floor level of the pavilion.

Exposed walls below sea level will be clad in mirrors to create the illusion that the upper section is floating. By contrast, the upper walls and roof will be constructed from earth with visible strata lines. A greenhouse will be located in the centre of the roof, surrounded by a grass garden.

SubZero Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

The design team said “The design embodies the story of the ‘making of’ Flevoland. Innovative water management, sustainable energy and food production form part of its DNA.”

“The building makes optimum use of the microclimate with natural shading, passive heating and cooling and natural ventilation. The massive earth roof is optimally used to create a comfortable indoor climate all year round. The climate greenhouse with a transparent glass solar chimney on the roof is a winter garden and regulates the natural ventilation.”

SubZero Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

MVRDV’s design for a new peninsula over the Almere lake was pivotal to thecity’s winning bid to host the next edition of the Floriade garden festival, which is held in the Netherlands every 10 years. As well as hosting the expo it will provide a new city quarter containing a university, offices, homes, hotels and leisure facilities.

MVRDV unveiled its Floriade masterplan in July 2012.

SubZero Pavilion Floriade 2022 Almere by Doepel Strijkers

The peninsula is still under construction, although the SubZero Pavilion could be open for use by students and start-ups by early 2017. The development team expect it to “buzzing with activity” all the way up to the Floriade launch.

“In doing so, it is not only innovative in 2016 but also in 2022,” added Doepel Strijkers.

Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the city of Almere is just 40 years old and was also built on land reclaimed from the sea. Other recent projects in the city include a wave-shaped viewing platform and a pair of matching homes for a brother and sister.

SubZero-Pavilion Flevoland – Building Information

PROJECT: SubZero Pavilion Flevoland
LOCATION: Almere 2022, Nederland
PROGRAM: Pavilion, work space for students and start-ups
DESIGN: The first pavilion for the Floriade 2022

STATUS: Start building end of 2016, realisation 2017
SIZE: 800 m2
CLIENT: Province of Flevoland
DESIGN: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers met Mikolai Brus en Jaap van Dijk


13 April 2022
Floriade Expo 2022, The Netherlands
Design: MVRDV
Floriade 2022 Expo Almere, The Netherlands
photo © Walter Herfst
Floriade-2022 Expo Almere masterplan

26 Sep 2012

Floriade 2022 Almere

Almere with plan MVRDV chosen for Floriade 2022: Horticultural expo as city centre extension

Almere Floriade 2022
picture © MVRDV

Today the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced Almere winner of the prestigious world horticultural expo which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently ending in Venlo.

Almere Floriade 2022
model makers: Made by Mistake ; photographer: Frans Parthesius

The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as an extension to the existing city centre. The waterfront site opposite the city centre will be developed as a vibrant new urban neighbourhood and also a giant plant library which will remain beyond the expo.

Almere Floriade 2022
picture © MVRDV

The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology.

Almere Floriade 2022
picture © MVRDV

At the same time the site will be with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes more urban than any other Floriade has ever been before, it is an exemplary green city.

Almere with MVRDV won the competition of Boskoop with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Groningen with West 8 and Amsterdam Bijlmer with MTD Landscape Architect.

Floriade-2022 Expo Almere

Flevoland is a province of the Netherlands. Located in the centre of the country, at the location of the former Zuiderzee, the province was established in 1986; the twelfth province of the country, with Lelystad as its capital. This Dutch province consists of 6 municipalities.

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