Almere City Centre and Hortus

The new town of Almere lies on arti­fi­cial land and was found­ed in 1977. In the 1990s the crit­i­cal mass of inhab­i­tants was reached and the munic­i­pal­i­ty decid­ed to final­ly insert a cen­tre into the town. An ambi­tious mas­ter­plan was made by OMA and filled with build­ings by inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned architects.

Now that Almere final­ly has a heart, the city con­tin­ues to grow and serve as an exper­i­men­tal field for all kinds of hous­ing typolo­gies and inno­v­a­tive neigh­bour­hood con­cepts. Across Lake Weer­wa­ter lies Hor­tus, a neigh­bour­hood-to-be, based on a mas­ter­plan by MVRDV. It start­ed out in 2022 as the grounds of hor­ti­cul­ture expo Flo­ri­ade. Over the next years, the grid of gar­dens will devel­op into a new dis­trict with 660 dwellings. 

Vis­it one of the fastest grow­ing cities in Europe with us, and find out about the cre­ation of new land and the devel­op­ment of a new town!

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Programme: Almere City Centre and Hortus

  • Expla­na­tions about the cre­ation of the pold­ers, mas­ter­plan for Almere, growth of the city, plans for the future

  • Walk through the city cen­tre with projects by a.o. OMA, David Chip­per­field, UN Stu­dio, Chris­t­ian de Portzam­parc, Gigon Guy­er, SANAA, SeArch (2008- 2010)

  • Pub­lic Library (Mey­er en Van Schooten, 2012)

  • Bus ride to Hor­tus

  • Expla­na­tions about the mas­ter­plan by MVRDV

  • Walk through the area, along the Food Forum (Doe­pel Strijk­ers, 2022), Aeres Hogeschool (BDG, 2022), Nat­ur­al Pavil­ion (DP6, 2022), high­rise Flo­res (MVRDV, 2022), float­ing pavil­lion of Muse­um M. (Stu­dio Ossid­i­ana, 2022)

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