Droevendaal is a student housing located in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The name originates from its address, Droevendaalsesteeg.
But what is Droevendaal exactly and when was it established?
A bit of history
A loooong time ago the Droevendaalsesteeg was a sandy path from the Peppeld, a neighbourhood (“buurtschap”) along the (still existing) Wildekamp road. Farm buildings where located at the Peppeld, the path was the connection (“schaapsdrift”) to the lower, wet grazing fields in the Binnenveld for the sheep.
In 1977 due to a shortage of student housing, 24 barracks where built on a field along the Droevendaalsesteeg. In 1982, 11/15 more barracks where added.
The barracks were meant to last for 15 years. But in these years, a special kind of community had evolved, including vegetable gardens, campfires, goats, chickens, piglets and cats, but mostly a special feeling of community living, sharing and connecting in Droevendaal.
The inhabitants were determined to keep Droevendaal and after years of discussion with the owner SSHW (nowadays Idealis), environmental groups and the community of Wageningen, in 1997 the decision was taken to rebuild the barracks.
In 2000 we saw the result: another idea of ‘barracks’, built by environment-friendly standards. Rainwater is used for the toilet and the washing machine, solar energy for warm water. Also special things were arranged for the inhabitants: it is until now one of the few Idealis complexes where the tenants can decide (up to a certain degree) who will come to live with them (cooptation rule), and a part of the maintenance of the area itself is also done by the inhabitants.