Dutch City to be Revamped

12 July 2009 (Last Updated July 12th, 2009 18:30)

The city of Almere in the Netherlands is to be transformed with plans to accommodate 60,000 houses, 100,000 work places and supporting facilities. Architects MVRDV have been commissioned to collaborate with the city authorities to design the concept, which consists of four major develop

The city of Almere in the Netherlands is to be transformed with plans to accommodate 60,000 houses, 100,000 work places and supporting facilities.

Architects MVRDV have been commissioned to collaborate with the city authorities to design the concept, which consists of four major development areas linked by an infrastructural axis which connects the metropolitan area of Amsterdam with Almere.

According to the plan, the growth will take place in four main areas including Almere IJland, a new island off the coast in the IJ-lake; Almere Pampus, focused on the lake and open to experimental housing; Almere Centre, an extended city centre surrounding the central lake; and Oosterwold, an area devoted to more rural and organic urbanism.

The design of IJland has been a collaboration between Adriaan Geuze of West8 and William McDonough of McDonough and Partners.

Almere Pampus plans to make room for 20,000 homes, with all streets within leading to the boulevard at the lake.

The Almere Centre will grow and extend to the south bank of Weerwater, turning the central lake into Weerwater-park. The central station will be developed into an economical hub.

Almere Oosterwold, in the east, offers room for up to 18,000 new homes.