Dakserre Agrotopia Roeselare
Dakserre Agrotopia Roeselare is an ambitious building for research and exhibition of vegetable cultivation with which the research institute for agriculture and horticulture Inagro further connects to the logistics sector and the consumer.
The research centre in the form of a rooftop greenhouse will be the proud landmark of the Green Hub on the Roeselare ring road. The building will be built on the roof of the fruit and vegetable auction house REO, the food logistics heart of West-Vlaanderen. The innovative design will be an example for future food production in the city, intensive use of space, circular use of energy and water and making greenhouse horticulture more sustainable.
The 9500m2 building contains high-tech research facilities for the cultivation of fruit and leafy vegetables surrounded by an educational routing for the general public. In four different climate zones, the cultivation of tomato and lettuce, as well as pepper and strawberry, can be experienced. The entrance with wide ascending stairs leads to the Stadstuinsbouwplein ("Square of Urban Horticulture") with visitor facilities. In the so-called Gevelserre ("Façade Greenhouse") on the ring road there is a special department for innovation of vertical cultivation. The base of the Gevelserre serves to collect rainwater with a reed filter for the purification of waste water.
Dakserre Agrotopia Roeselare is a proud, transparent sculpture made of glass and steel. The architecture consists of a thin greenhouse construction that stands out against the sky and rests on the concrete pedestal of the auction house. With spectacular views of the wide surroundings and the city, urban horticulture on industrial roofs is thus given a prominent place in Roeselare's skyline.
The project is being realised as part of Pilot Projects Productive Landscape, an initiative of the Flemish Government Architect.