In 2022 the 7th Floriade of the Netherland will open in Almere. The Floriade is a world horticultural exposition that the Netherlands hosts once every ten years. The first official Floriade in the Netherlands was organised in 1960 in Rotterdam. However, already in 1910 a Flora took place in the Netherlands for the first time. This world horticultural exposition in the Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem was the forerunner of the Floriade we know today.
The upcoming Floriade is in Almere near the Weerwater. The Weerwater is a lake in Almere City, from which the banks are known for its many recreational activities. The area is the perfect location for the Floriade design, an exposition but at the same time a new city district in which health, sustainability and obviously green will flower. The Floriade is organised by the Almere municipality in cooperation with the Floriade BV, the province of Flevoland and the Dutch Council of Horticulture.
The Floriade Almere 2022
Key to the Floriade Almere is Growing Green Cities, so it will be established as a living lab. Innovation in the areas of water, climate and energy are central, with a strong emphasis on food supply. All this stems from contemporary challenges regarding urbanisation, a global fact that forces us to bring green back into our lives by different manners. The Floriade accepts this challenge by launching a green, healthy and self-reliant city district it its entirety.
As stated in the CHW land-use plan from July 2017, Almere should be a city that produces healthy food, clean energy and pure water. A place that reuses waste as building material and where circuits are closed; a city that triggers a healthy lifestyle and houses a wealth of flora and fauna. The Floriade symbolizes this development.
Functioning as a part of the walking and cycling route ‘Rondje Weerwater’ (circuit around Weerwater), a wide promenade will encircle the entire terrain. The terrain itself will be shaped like a ‘carré’, or raster, offering an area for multiple governments, research institutes and companies to experiment with sustainable energy, health and urban agriculture. An important section within this area will be the Green City Arboretum: a collection of about 3000 different species of trees and plants that will contribute to a more healthy and green city.
Niek Roozen bv
Already for four times Niek was involved with the Floriade. In 2002 Niek Roozen was main architect of the world horticultural exposition in Haarlemmermeer. Under the supervision of Niek Roozen bv the revitalization of this recreational area has been initiated in the fall of 2016. Furthermore, for years now the terrain is the location for the renowned dance festival Mysteryland, as the natural surroundings have proved to be the perfect setting for the artistic approach of this festival.
At the successful kick-off of the Floriade Almere, that took place on the 2nd of March, Niek, together with the Floriade BV, The Green City Foundation and companies MVRDV and Bloc, presented the plans of the world horticultural exposition to the Dutch horticulture sector. In April 2022 the Floriade will officially open its doors for visitors.
Click here for the official website of the Floriade Almere 2022 (Dutch)
Click here for a survey of Omroep Flevoland presenting the Floriade masterplan (Dutch)