The Neth­er­lands have a very spe­cif­ic hous­ing tra­di­tion, in which the gov­ern­ment and the muni­cip­al­it­ies play a major role. Ever since the passing of the Dutch Hous­ing Law in 1901, afford­able dwell­ings for all inhab­it­ants of the Neth­er­lands have been a nation­al pri­or­ity. Today, more than 30% of the hous­ing stock belong to the social rent­al sec­tor, and 29,3% of all houses are owned by cor­por­a­tions.


In the big cit­ies in the West, how­ever, the sys­tem is under pres­sure due to the eco­nom­ic boom. While Rotterdam is try­ing to intro­duce more high-qual­ity dwell­ings, Amsterdam attempts to guar­an­tee that res­id­en­tial pro­jects remain afford­able for middle income groups. The muni­cip­al­ity has issued the rule that all new res­id­en­tial pro­jects should con­tain 40% social, 40% mid-range and 20% up-mar­ket dwell­ings. Reg­u­la­tions of this type are pos­sible because 80% of the ground is owned by the muni­cip­al­ity.


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Hous­ing Tours

Eastern Docklands: Self-build waterfront housing in Scheepstimmermanstraat

East­ern Dock­lands & Fun­en­park

Amsterdam’s East­ern Har­bour Dis­trict con­sists of a num­ber of arti­fi­cial pen­in­su­las con­struc­ted around 1900. When the once-flour­ish­ing port lost its func­tion, the decision was made

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IJburg: individual floating houses on Steigereiland


IJburg is Ams­ter­dam’s largest hous­ing exten­sion and will even­tu­ally count 18.000 homes. It con­sists of 7 arti­fi­cial islands in lake IJmeer, which are being developed

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Urban Renewal in West: WoZoCo old people's housing by MVRDV in Amsterdam-West

Urb­an Renew­al in West

In the 1950s and 1960s, Amsterdam grew bey­ond its former bor­der, the motor­way ringroad. Extens­ive new res­id­en­tial areas were cre­ated in the west of the

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Housing in Noord: Van der Pek market, street market in a 1920s housing area in Amsterdam

Afford­able Hous­ing in Noord

Amsterdam-Noord is a work­ers’ hous­ing area in trans­ition. It con­sists of a mix of garden cit­ies from the 1920s and post-war res­id­en­tial devel­op­ments. After dec­ades

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Mixed-use building Timmerhuis in the city centre of Rotterdam - architecture tour

Innov­at­ive Hous­ing

Hous­ing is cur­rently a big issue in Rotterdam. The heav­ily dis­puted hous­ing policy doc­u­ment ‘Woon­vis­ie Rotterdam 2030’ envis­ages the demoli­tion of 15,000 cheap flats and

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Oosterwold Almere project by Bureau SLA
oth­er loc­a­tions


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

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Plan Zuid in the south of Amsterdam seen from above

Mod­ern Archi­tec­ture in Zuid

Amsterdam offers a wealth of clas­sic­al mod­ern archi­tec­ture. Espe­cially the south of the city is a true open-air museum of mod­ern­ist archi­tec­ture, from Ber­lage’s Plan

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