World Food Center Ede

Ede, NL

How does an urban plan contribute to knowledge development?


World Food Center

The army left Ede in 2011. One by one, the closed barracks have since become part of the urban fabric of the city again. Maurits Zuid is one of the last sites to be transformed. Due to its good accessibility, next to Ede-Wageningen train station, and the proximity of the Veluwe landscape, this site can develop into a high-quality knowledge environment where living, working and relaxation come together.

Ede is part of the Foodvalley Region. This is a national and international network in which knowledge institutions and food companies meet. The Dutch knowledge institutions attract food companies from all over the world. For this reason, it was decided to redevelop Maurits Zuid into a World Food Center.

Knowledge and production in the Foodvalley Region

Ede-Wageningen knowledge axis

Knowledge region principles

Military past


Landscape elements

The urban plan creates a spatial context in which a good programmatic mix ensures the desired interaction between resident, visitor, company and environment. To this end, a framework has been set up that can develop at its own pace over time.

This framework is based on existing landscape qualities, the historic buildings and the intended diversity and mix of functions. The public space expresses the gradual transition between the city and the Veluwe. Different atmospheres in the framework determine the character of the adjoining living or working environments.

From barracks site to World Food Center

Landscaped living

Food forest avenues

Core of the area

Business campus

World Food Center Ede

In the city of Ede, De Zwarte Hond is working on the transformation of the former Maurits Zuid barracks into the World Food Center (WFC). A new, lively district will emerge here, where everything revolves around food. Companies from the food sector, various knowledge institutions and consumers will congregate here to create and share knowledge. The 28-hectare site is strategically located in the heart of the Foodvalley Region, near Ede-Wageningen station. The connections to the Randstad and Germany are good. It’s an ideal place to live, work and stay: a second focal point in the city, next to the existing centre.

From the station – which is being renovated – visitors will soon walk through a new city park to the heart of the WFC. Here, between the national monuments of the Mauritskazerne and Friso barracks, they will find an important eye-catcher and food attraction: the World Food Center Experience, in which the Netherlands will showcase itself as the global frontrunner of the agri-food sector. Around it there will be restaurants, a hotel and conference centre, apartments, business premises and places to exercise and relax. Further away from the area’s core, the emphasis is increasingly on living and working.


World Food Center Ede
Ede, NL
20 ha
WFC Development (BPD, Green Real Estate en Van Wijnen)
Research, Urban Design
Education, Infrastructure, Residential, Work
Development Phase
Gemeente Ede
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