The new town of Almere lies on artificial land and was founded in 1977. Consisting mainly of low-rise terraced houses, it always served as an overspill for Amsterdam and didn’t have a city centre of its own.
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. In Homeruskwartier, a city district with 720 self-build plots is being created according to a masterplan by OMA, and in neighbouring Plan Duin, a housing area on three artificial dunes has started to arise from the polder land.
Visit one of the fastest growing towns in Europe with us, find out about the development of an artificial city, urban solutions and experimental approaches to housing!