Growth is to take place in four main areas: Almere IJland, a new island off the coast in the IJ-lake; Almere Pampus, a neighbourhood 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.
Currently Almere has 180,000 occupants, 30 years ago it was an empty stretch of land reclaimed from the sea. The new plans anticipate almost doubling the number of residents to 350,000. “The structure vision for Almere is more than an urban masterplan…” said Adri Duivesteijn, city councilor of Almere, “…it describes how the city can develop in economic, cultural and social terms. The expansion is not a quantitative effort. Even though the number of 60,000 new homes is impressive, the main objective is the addition of new qualities. Almere wants to serve the demand of the Randstad and at the same time needs the chance to develop into an ecologic, social and economically sustainable city”.
Individually defined areas will be created with differing ways of life. While Almere Island is being developed as a nature island with the potential for 5,000-10,000 homes, Almere Pampus will combine the feeling of a coastal town with high density offering 20,000 homes. The current city centre will grow and extend to the south bank of Weerwater which will become the cultural and economical epicenter of Almere, providing a further 5,000 homes, offices and public amenities. Finally, Oosterwold will offer up to 18,000 new homes dependant on individual and collective initiatives from small to large scale and will reserve areas for future developments.
Niki May Young