Café de Ceuvel

Café de Ceuvel: Rethinking Urban Spaces

Brownfield Site Turned Sustainable Utopia.

Sunday, April 12th 2019.

What does the city of the future look like?

Five years ago, a group of architects set out to turn a deserted, polluted brownfield site in Amsterdam Noord, into the sustainable experiment that is De Ceuvel. A place constructed completely from upcycled materials. Old houseboats are put on land to become office spaces; buoyes become the foundation for a café.

Here everything is geared towards circularity. The site is run on solar energy; wastewater runs through plant filters; veg that is grown in the aquaponics greenhouse is served in the café.

Tycho tells us that, the team behind De Ceuvel encourages their residents and guests to find innovative and creative ways to become more sustainable in all aspects of their lives – including their diets. One example: here, cow milk coffees are more expensive than oat milk ones. The menu is veggie, but not vegan. Why? De Ceuvel wants to be accessible for ’normal‘ people, and not written off as too ‚hippie‘ or ‚alternative‘. By welcoming as many different people as possible into their circular utopia, and showing them alternative ways of doing things, Tycho and his friends hope to inspire change in urban communities all over.

Thank you to Tycho Hellinga.