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Homestead Tuinen van West pizzeria apto architects circulair gebouwd restaurant

Homestead Tuinen van West

Building a healthy green community through local food

Location Amsterdam West
Client self initiated with the Pizza Vagabond
Size 3.500 m2
Timing 2024
Commission Strategy, Architecture & interior design
Challenge The future of sutainability & hospitality in cities
Process Connecting community with locally produced food

Children run through the gardens, while their parents eat energy-neutral pizza at long tables with ingredients from the same garden. Restaurant Homestead will be a meeting place in Amsterdam Nieuw-West where cultures, flavours, healthy local food, local entrepreneurs and bio-based building come together. Apto and Vagabond won the tender for plot 13 at Tuinen van West.

Homestead Tuinen van West pizzeria apto architects circulair gebouwd restaurant

Healthy food for everyone

The new sustainable restaurant Homestead will be a hotspot in the neighbourhood. There is 500 m2 of horeca space to chill or romp around where everyone is welcome. Whether you are young, old, hipster, Muslim or local allotment holder; pizza tastes good to almost everyone and is affordable for all. “We want to introduce as many people as possible to a healthy way of eating. Ingredients are grown on site when possible,” says Milan Bergh of Apto architects. “We are not only building a circular restaurant but also a sustainable community.” Where food used to be grown – in the Osdorperbinnenpolder – the old function returns. “It will be a real Dutch pizza, a ‘polder pizza’!”

It will be a real Dutch pizza, a 'polder pizza'!
Milan Bergh - Apto Architects
Homestead Tuinen van West pizzeria apto architects circulair gebouwd restaurant

Harvesting building materials

A windmill grinds the flour for the pizza crust. For the pizza oven, electricity is generated sustainably. The heat from the oven does not fly outside but heats the building. That building is circular; made from reused materials and dismantleable so it can be reused later. Exactly what Homestead will look like depends on which buildings will be demolished next year. “Window frames, floor slabs, beams; just like harvesting food, we will now harvest building materials”.

Flexible operations The floorplan allows for different groups to be in the same space for events, indoors and outdoors.
Homestead Tuinen van West pizzeria apto architects circulair gebouwd restaurant

A sustainable step by investing yourself

Apto architects is setting a new standard for the hospitality industry with the circular restaurant. “The transition to circular economy is necessary. We work a lot in hospitality and see that this industry is lagging behind,” says Mark Halbmeijer of Apto. “Waiting or complaining is not our style. So we are taking the first step ourselves to show that it can be done. We don’t believe in just being architects. That’s why we develop and invest in pioneering places ourselves. Places like the Tuinen van West and also Kokomo on Zeeburgereiland are important to experiment. Only by doing, you can change and improve.”

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