On Cannenburgerweg street in Ankeveen stands an unusual building: the former hygienic milk factory dating from 1911 with its adjacent cowsheds and outdoor areas. The former cowshed, which in the past housed 25 cows, has a high and beautifully constructed roof entirely visible from the surrounding.
A beautiful central location!
This is where we organize courses and workshops for our Dutch clients, such as the three accredited duplex courses for dermatologists and vascular surgeons, which are held annually at bo medical technologies. During the Stylage and PRP workshops, we train our cosmetic physicians on how to use these injectables.
A piece of history
Many visitors are charmed by our unique location. So here is a brief historic description of Cannenburgerweg 11b:
Our building, the former hygienic model farm Berg en Vaart was located on Cannenburgerweg, a road that was laid in the 17th century. In 1911, Berg en Vaart was built in the middle of a meadow of an older, 18th century farm. This is the building that you pass when you drive into Cannenburgerweg 11b. The architect was Th. Bonders. His work is diverse; he designed hydraulic works, farms, monasteries, churches, and more.
In the 19th and 20th century, the Netherlands sought to structure agriculture as efficiently as possible. In 1910, as part of this restructuring, several round cowsheds were built, including Cannenburgerweg 11b.
Berg en Vaart was a hygienic farm where milk was produced for the tuberculosis clinics in the area. In the beginning of the 20th century, antibiotics were not yet available as medicine, so milk had to be produced as pure as possible for patients. The purpose of the farm was described as ‘delivering milk produced hygienically from healthy cattle.'
The round cowshed
The round structure of the cowshed drew regional and national attention, perhaps because it was similar to the construction of various round barns in the United States. The University of Illinois in particular promoted the construction of round barns, because it believed that it would make the manual labor of the farmer more efficient. These advantages became redundant with the introduction of mechanical equipment in agriculture. In the Netherlands, most of the round cowsheds have already been demolished. That is why round cowsheds, such as Berg en Vaart, are rare phenomena in the Netherlands.
bo pharma is established
In 2010, bo medical technologies (then still known as bo pharma) moved into the building. The building was entirely renovated with a sense of history and converted into a work space provided with modern installations and services.
- Anno 1911 has been painted in black letters on the façade.
- It says 'Hygienische boerderij (Hygienic Farm) Berg en Vaart ' under the window.
- Left from the entrance there is a façade with the text Th. E.B. Bonders/Architect.
- The roof construction on the inside of the round cowshed has been preserved.
- Wooden signs have been hung in the cowshed with instructions for maintaining a hygienic farm.