The growing presence of Accoya in Arnhem, the Netherlands

10.29.2020

Arnhem, in the Netherlands, is a city of makers and builders

Arnhem, in the Netherlands, is a city of makers and builders

These makers and builders have sustainability in mind, and are creating more and more projects with the Accoya wood that’s produced in the city.

In Arnhem we turn timber from fast-growing, renewable and sustainable forests into Accoya wood; from Arnhem this durable, stable product is shipped all over the world; in Arnhem itself you can see the appeal and impact it has on the community.

Royal Burgers' Zoo Arnhem enthusiast of Accoya

Royal Burgers’ Zoo Arnhem enthusiast of Accoya

From the world’s largest covered mangrove to the park restaurant furniture and the window frames and facade of the gift shop, Accoya wood is loved by the Arnhem zoo:

By choosing Accoya you make a sustainable choice. Because of our experience with the wood in previous projects in the park and because we are convinced of the quality, we do not hesitate to use the sustainable wood again”.

  • Frank Simon, Technology Manager, Burgers’ Zoo

Jetties, huts, sheds and butterfly cabinet in the “Burgers’ Mangrove”

Jetties, huts, sheds and butterfly cabinet in the “Burgers’ Mangrove”

The 3,000 square meters “Burgers’ Mangrove” is the largest indoor mangrove in the world.  Koninklijke Burgers’ Zoo Arnhem based the area on the mangrove forests bordering the coast of the Central American country of Belize.

Mangroves are often known as the ‘nurseries of the sea’, with their unique climate and complex habitat acting as home and shelter to countless animals and species.

In the extremely humid indoor climate, a material was needed that wouldn’t deteriorate from the moisture in the air: Accoya wood, with its unique properties and best-in-class Material Health rating, was the natural choice for the scaffolding, cabins, sheds, porch and butterfly exhibit.

Sustainable refurbishment of old hardwood furniture

Sustainable refurbishment of old hardwood furniture

The tropical hardwood of the outdoor furniture on the terrace of the Park Restaurant was due for replacement after 20 years. There were two options: new furniture or refurbishing the old furniture. Going for maximum sustainability, the zoo chose to replace the wooden parts of the furniture with Accoya – minimizing waste and choosing the durable, sustainable option.

 

Meinerswijk Benches

Meinerswijk Benches

A series of park benches designed as a parting gift to the municipality of Arnhem from former mayor Pauline Krikke. Designed by Arthur Rottier, the durable Accoya wood benches have a 50-year warranty to stand as a lasting memento of her contribution to the city.

Healthy materials for a culinary destination “to celebrate life”

Healthy materials for a culinary destination “to celebrate life”

The  600m2 bistro bar and catering pavilion known as FortVier was created by four friends as a place to enjoy and celebrate life. Designed by H²A Architecture and Urban Planning, it features Accoya wood for the sidng, roof, and unique decorative logo.  With a largely open and free floor plan the building also has internal folding walls and can be rearranged inside into café, restaurant and party room areas.

“We deliberately chose Accoya because it is the ultimate sustainable product with a natural look.”

  • Vivian Trienen, Director of the FortVier College Foundation

Accoya façade and window frames for unique villa renovation in Arnhem

Accoya façade and window frames for unique villa renovation in Arnhem

Architect Suzanne Nagtegaal from BuroBois designs with an eye to the future: “Buildings last longer if they are deliberately designed. The sustainability of a building is partly determined by how it is constructed, which materials are used, how it is insulated and how the building is oriented in relation to, for example, the sun.”

Bringing history back to Coehoornpark

Bringing history back to Coehoornpark

With the citizens’ initiative ‘Here once stood a church’, a long-held wish to return the old stained-glass windows of the Kleine Eusebiuskerk Church (demolished in 1990) to their original location in the Coehoornpark has been fulfilled.

Accsys was proud to support this by sponsoring the Accoya wood frames, working with local carpenters and craftsmen to create the unique, colorful and historic gate.

Mayor of Arnhem, Ahmed Marcouch, opens nature walk information board

Mayor of Arnhem, Ahmed Marcouch, opens nature walk information board

This Accoya framed information board offers locals and visitors walking routes through the Arnhem nature and recreation area ‘Stadsblokken Meinerswijk’.

“It’s really great to use this wonderful innovative material for Arnhem bottom-up projects. After years in rain and wind, still like new! ” 

Innovative folding outdoor Accoya bench for cafe Moortgat, Arnhem

Innovative folding outdoor Accoya bench for cafe Moortgat, Arnhem

Café het Moortgat on the Ruiterstaart in Arnhem has commissioned Collectief Soepel from Arnhem to make a folding façade bench with weather-resistant wood. Offering an unexpected place to rest in front of the cafe, or enjoy a coffee in the sun, the bench can fold away at quiet times. Collectief Flexible chose Accoya because of the beautiful natural appearance of the wood combined with its durability for outdoor use.

Sustainable loft house in the centre of Arnhem

Sustainable loft house in the centre of Arnhem

Designed by Hurenkamp architects from Velp, this loft house in the midst of the city uses the pale Accoya siding sections to create an eye-catching, elegant façade.

Step into a realm of gourmet delights at Foodhall Arnhem

Step into a realm of gourmet delights at Foodhall Arnhem

Foodhall Arnhem, located on the Rijnkade in Arnhem, brings over a dozen world cuisines together in one place. The food hall hosts enthusiastic entrepreneurs and culinary talents providing a huge variety of the tastiest meals, snacks and drinks. Welcoming visitors is the beautiful entrance made of sustainable Accoya wood.

Accoya wood in its birthplace

Accoya wood in its birthplace

Accsys, the producer of Accoya wood, moved to an attractive new office location in Arnhem a couple of years ago. The new building combines the office and production facilities to form one connected complex, resulting in non-residential construction of more than 19,000m². Hurenkamp Architecten & Adviseurs and Bruil construction company have made modern and unique choices in the materials and finish of the office: from the unique ‘wood cell’ façade to the frequent and widespread use of Accoya and Tricoya inside and out.

Stylish lighting at Kleefsewaard Industrial Park

Stylish lighting at Kleefsewaard Industrial Park

The walkway to the entrance of the Accsys offices is equipped with designer outdoor lighting: the STRADA by timberlab. It is a lamppost made of layers of Accoya wood, carefully curved into shape for a durable, elegant lighting solution that blends organic materials with modern techniques and aesthetics.  Left untreated, the wood will weather over time to a silvered color as the fixtures become part of the natural environment.

Make a difference, make it local, sustainability is closer than you think!

Accsys is proud that its products contribute to a more sustainable built environment all over the world, offering a high specification, durable product that enhances the best qualities of natural wood.  For our colleagues, it is always a pleasure to see the product we make making a positive impact in our local community.

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