World Horti Center (NL)
Royal opening of the international knowledge & innovation center for horticulture
|Purpose||International meeting point for Horticulture|
International meeting point
Smiemans Projecten built the superstructure of the knowledge and innovation centre “World Horti Center”. With approximately 25,000 international professional visitors every year, it is the international platform where business, education and government jointly innovate, connect, create and inspire. It is also the place for a year round trade fair where more than 200 companies show their latest innovations.
Westland has a world-leading position in greenhouse horticulture.
365 days a year well-known and leading companies will present their innovative products. They will use all the facilities, some of them have a permanent place at the WHC.
Royal opening by Queen Máxima
Smiemans started March 2017 with the realisation of the glass construction. Completion was in November 2017. On March 7th 2018 the Dutch Queen Máxima officially opened the innovation centre of the international horticulture sector. The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality was also present at the opening and in a speech underlined the international leading position of the Dutch horticultural sector.
Glass construction of 12.3 meters high
The glass construction has a surface of 4,520m². The glass roof is 12.30 meters high, this gives an impressive entrance when entering the building. Special measures have been taken to regulate an optimal indoor climate with as little energy consumption as possible.The height offers room for two floors with shared facilities for ± 300 guests, such as an auditorium, meeting rooms, flexible workstations and a restaurant. The building has a total floor area of 8,800m².