The research lab Green Matter takes place in the Hogeveens Polder situated in the hearth of the flower bulb region, between Noordwijkerhout and Lisse. The polder is by origin a sandy plain, on which a layer of peat developed. This fertile land has been brought into culture in the course of the 17th and 18th centuries as meadows for cattle breeding.
In the last century almost every meadow has been changed into a flower bulb landscape. To the present day, the polder is subject to transformation due to developments in the horticultural business and under the pressure of outside forces such as tourism, the local and national government and the local resident’s growing awareness of the use of pesticides.
The Hogeveense Polder is a landscape that is literally created by farmers and growers, making use of their very specific techniques and often tailor made machinery and tools.
In this research lab, Manon looked at the viewpoint of this glasshouseand how it can be operate as a private and semi-public space. The end goal of this project was to make an airbnb out of it.
In a couple of two, we decided to split the greenhouse in two to create two different spaces. Because of this there had to be bilt a new wall, that is inspired by the barns in the area.