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.


Pro­gramme: Almere

  • Explan­a­tions about the cre­ation of the polders, mas­ter­plan for Almere, growth of the city, plans for the future
  • Homer­uskwarti­er: mas­ter­plan by OMA (2006–2030) Walk through the area with vari­ous hous­ing pro­jects (2014–2016), Ithaka, VMX archi­tects (2010), Tiny houses, vari­ous archi­tects (2018)
  • Plan Duin (ZUS, 2012-ca. 2032)
  • Lunch at a res­taur­ant
  • Oost­er­wold, mas­ter­plan by MVRDV (2011) Self-build pro­jects by a.o. Bur­eau SLA, BKKV Archi­tec­ten, Korteknie Stuhl­mach­er (2017–2020)
  • Almere City Centre, mas­ter­plan by OMA (1994) 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)
  • Full-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: bus
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.