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De Schilde: a unique location focused entirely on becoming an urban farming hub in the city of The Hague.
De Schilde is one of the more unique locations The Hague has to offer. The building, designed by the grandfather of famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, had been unoccupied for many years when the plan arose to give it a new purpose, and a contest was created. From many idealistic plans, UrbanFarmers’ one was considered to be both forward-facing and feasible, and they were given the keys to the building, receiving full support from the Municipality of The Hague to get started.
UrbanFarmers, as the name implies, is a company that set up and maintain rooftop farms in urban areas, and for De Schilde they came up with the idea to build a greenhouse as part of their hydroponic setup. This means that they cultivate both crops and fish, using waste from the one to feed the other and vice versa.
In the future the entire De Schilde building is set to become an urban farming hub, unique for the city of The Hague and a hopeful sign for the future, with full support of the municipality. The other vacancies in the building are to be filled by a couple of runners-up to the Schilde contest, as well as a restaurant that’ll use produce from UrbanFarmers.
With these exciting prospects on the horizon, and UrbanFarmers already having proven to be a huge success (with plenty of international interest), De Schilde is becoming an ambitious and future-facing crown jewel in The Hague’s identity.
De Schilde in short
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