DakAkker in top 10 Green Tourism Solutions
The Dakakker is the biggest Rooftopfarm in Europe. The Dakakker was installed by Binder Daktuinen on the top of Schieblock, a revitalized office building in the centre of Rotterdam. The Dakakker is part of ‘De Luchtsingel’ initiative, developed by ZUS architects in collaboration with ‘Rotterdams Milieucentrum’, the environmental centre and municipality of Rotterdam.
Organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs are grown on the Dakakker and honey bees are kept in hives. For growing the crops, rainwater is collected and used. Bistro ‘Op het Dak’, located on the roof, uses the superfresh harvest of the Dakakker in the menus. Vegetables, fruits are also delivered to local hotels and restaurants. This makes the Dakakker a good example of adding green sustainable value to hospitality. The Dakakker brings multiple values to the city of Rotterdam. The Dakakker brings nature and biodiversity into the city. For its educational purposes, it is visited by groups of students and schools. It also acts as an insulation layer. The building is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Due to its success and popularity the Dakakker was listed as a ‘must see’ in the Lonely Planet Guide. The Dakakker was also top 10 finalist at the Dutch Innovation Expo 2016 ‘Challenge the City of the Future’ and won in 2012 a special jury-price for Green Building Award.
About the Green Tourism Solutions
The criteria used by the international jury for the final selection of the green practices were:
- Effectiveness to solve widespread problems in tourism sustainability;
- Innovative character;
- Ease of implementation, technically and financially