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The most fashionable garden of Amsterdam!

Someone told us about a rooftop garden at one of the HvA buildings – part of it named the AMFI Garden. This called for an adventure discovery! We send our editor Roanne de Kluizenaar on expedition to find out all about it.

 

Text  by Roanne de Kluizenaar, second year Fashion & Managment. Photos by Roanne and Maarten Terpstra.

 

My search started with finding out on which rooftop this garden is located. Packed with my google maps, binoculars and sun cream I went on the search. Maarten Terpstra was found on the rooftop at the Benno Premsela Building in a green oasis, 30 meters above the ground. Maarten is the community manager of the Knowledge Mile and opened the doors to the rooftop garden.

A beautiful green oasis 30 metres above the ground on the Benno Premsela roof. (RdK)

A beautiful green oasis 30 metres above the ground on the Benno Premsela roof. (RdK)

Maarten  told me nowhere in the area was a place for outdoor experiments and so the idea for these gardens was born.  As AMFI is full of creative people who are not afraid to experiment it only seemed logical part of the garden got a fashionable destination!

The innovative project of Celeste, Loes and Evy: growing plants to create. What a great project! sustainable dyes. (RdK)

The AMFI garden, it exists!  Growing plants to create dyes – what a great project! (RdK)

Four design students with an interest in sustainability were found: Celeste Mostert, Loes Platenkamp, Evy Paap and Annika Anaguano Żelichowska. They started working on the rooftop project that is about finding their own sustainable dyes. They are currently in the minor Textiles that has a big focus on making prints and their aim is to grow and make their own sustainable dyes.

Celeste Mostert, Loes Platenkamp, Evy Paap and Annika Anaguano Żelichowska, proudly standing in front of the blooming garden. Follow the garden on instagram! @amfi_rooftop_garden (MT)

Celeste Mostert, Loes Platenkamp, Evy Paap and Annika Anaguano Żelichowska, proudly standing in front of the blooming garden. Follow the garden on instagram! @amfi_rooftop_garden (MT)

Celeste: “We started out by experimenting in our own kitchen where we worked with products from the supermarket. This rooftop garden gives us the unique opportunity to follow the dye project from the beginning. Maarten informedus about the rooftop garden project, as a place to experiment and a way of trying to create a healthier environment around the campus.”

The rooftop garden girls taking good care of their plants in between their classes. (MT)

The rooftop garden girls taking good care of their plants in between their classes. (MT)

“He was very enthusiastic about our sustainable dye project and offered us a spot in the garden. Most plants, like for instance indigo, have to grow for year, before they are ready to use. We try to create a blooming garden and gain knowledge about dyes, which we want to pass on to other students. When we have some hours in between classes, we always pop by the garden for some gardening and relaxation as well as the beautiful view over Amsterdam.”

In case you still wonder how to get there: Take the elevator to 4th floor in the Benno Premsela Building. You can't miss the garden as it is in full bloom now! (RdK)

In case you still wonder how to get there: Take the elevator to 4th floor in the Benno Premsela Building. You can’t miss the garden as it is in full bloom now! (RdK)

This sums up the true intentions of this rooftop garden: it is a place to experiment and discover, with relaxations as a reward. In case you have research ideas that require an outside space, but no garden to actually make your dreams come true: Maarten Terpstra is open to discuss any rooftop garden experiment!

You can follow the AMFI garden on Instagram: @amfi_rooftop_garden

Do you love gardening, but have no research experiment? No worries! Volunteers are always welcome to help!

Do you love gardening, but have no research experiment? No worries! Volunteers are always welcome to help!

 

 

 

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