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 in phases.


The cre­ation and real­iz­a­tion of the first 4 islands star­ted in 1999 and was fin­ished in 2011; the second phase star­ted in 2013. A large vari­ety of hous­ing typo­lo­gies, includ­ing urban hous­ing blocks, row houses, indi­vidual fam­ily homes and even float­ing homes, char­ac­ter­izes the islands.


In some areas IJburg is exempt from the super­vi­sion of the muni­cipal beauty com­mis­sion, grant­ing homeown­ers total free­dom in design­ing their dwelling.

On this tour we’ll explain why and how the islands were cre­ated, how their shape was determ­ined and what the spe­cific chal­lenges were. We’ll also let you know about the urban concept, hous­ing typo­lo­gies and social background.

High­lights of the Tour


Pro­gramme: IJburg

  • Explan­a­tions about the cre­ation of the islands: ground own­er­ship, tech­nique, urban plan­ning, etc
  • Walk across Steigereil­and: private houses by a.o. VMX Archi­tects, Claus en Kaan, Rocha Tombal, Faro (2008–2011)
  • Float­ing houses (Marlies Rohmer et al, 2010)
  • Walk across Have­nei­l­and: hous­ing blocks with col­lect­ive court­yards by a.o. de Architek­tenCie, VMX Archi­tects, de archi­tec­ten­groep, Moriko Kira, Loos Archi­tects, 2005–2010)
  • Walk across Grote Rieteil­and : detached private houses by a.o. Stu­di­onine­dots, Hans van Heeswijck (2014); Ten­nis Club (MVRDV, 2015)

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