Upfield is an authority in plant-based foods and the leading producer of plant-based spreads and cheeses globally. Fokkema & Partners simultaneously designed the exterior and interior of its new and sustainable Upfield Food Science Centre at the heart of the Foodvalley, the Wageningen University & Research campus.
Client Upfield
Location Wageningen
Square 10.200 m2
Timeline January 2020 - Q2 2022 (expected building completion)

The Upfield Food Science Centre will house an experience area, tasting kitchens, a restaurant, a pilot plant, laboratories and a work environment. Upfield has the vision to create a ‘Better Plant-Based Future’. Fokkema & Partners set out to translate this mission into clear, rational and future-proof building architecture. The building meets the highest sustainability standards and has a natural look & feel, featuring a rhythmic timber and green covered facade.

Construction on the Upfield Food Science Centre started in October 2020 and tops out in November 2021. Completion is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.

We set out to create the ultimate sustainable building for Upfield, one designed from the inside out and with the user's well-being top of mind.

Diederik Fokkema states "We set out to create the ultimate sustainable building for Upfield, one designed from the inside out and with the user's well-being top of mind. The design links sustainability to comfort with a spatial experience that is in tune with nature. The building design balances between rationality and rhythm on the one hand, with spontaneity and variation on the other."

The building and its interior are carefully designed with attention to every detail to ensure energy efficiency with low environmental impact, including climate ceilings for heating in winter and cooling in summer, a tight grid of sensors to adjust the indoor climate based on the presence of people and separate rain and sewage drains to reuse rainwater. The ultra-modern building will be BREEAM outstanding-certified upon completion.

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