Almere is a new town, founded in 1977 on artificial land. Right from the start, the town considered itself not only an overspill for nearby Amsterdam, but also a field for experimentation. In recent years, Almere focusses on the increased demand for individuality in housing areas.
Homeruskwartier is a self-build area, with an iconic urban design by OMA. Besides self-build houses for lower incomes, there’s also a tiny housing building expo. Neighbouring Plan Duin is a new-build area with houses scattered amongst artificial dunes. Experimentation is taken to the next level in Oosterwold, a district based on an urban plan by MVRDV: here, residents even have to realise their own infrastructure.
The city centre of Almere, based on a masterplan by OMA, stands in direct contrast to these low-rise developments: it features a mix of shopping and housing typlogies in a high-density setting.
Visit one of the fastest growing cities in Europe with us, and find out about the creation of new land, the birth of an artificial city, the city as testbed, collectivity concepts and planning processes.