Situated at the heart of De Ceuvel, a Cleantech Playground, Metabolic Lab is Metabolic's living laboratory and education facility for exploring the future of circular cities in Amsterdam North.
The facility showcases how clean technology, food production and nutrient recovery systems can be integrated into urban environments. At Metabolic Lab, people of all ages and backgrounds, from children to scientists, can learn about applied sustainability and how they can make an impact in their own communities and organizations.
Metabolic Lab began as a dream for a new kind of office. Eva Gladek, Metabolic’s founder and chief executive, believed in a more holistic way of working where people would move beyond the computer and the meeting room to tend to farming, maintaining technological systems, and improving the built environment.
Metabolic Lab has evolved into a platform where people can learn about both De Ceuvel, the transformation of the surrounding Buiksloterham neighborhood, and other sustainability approaches that will be part of urban transitions around the world. At Metabolic Lab, people can join expert workshops, host creative events, and learn how to make things like DIY systems for energy and food production.
In APRIL 2016, MeTabolic in collaboration with CAfé DE CEUVEL and NOMAD FARMERS launched DE CEUVEL Greenhouse, which houses a fully functioning aquaponic system.
Sitting on top of Metabolic Lab, the greenhouse grows food for the neighbouring Café de Ceuvel. The greenhouse houses a customized DIY aquaponic system and utilizes organic waste flows generated on-site. For example, urine is separated and collected from Café de Ceuvel and Metabolic Lab, from which phosphate fertilizer is recovered by using a struvite reactor. The site also collects organic waste from Metabolic Lab and the café in a vermicomposting unit to produce compost and fish food.