Site search

you can join words with quotes eg. "solar collectors"






Almere, Netherlands

20141120_154616_stitch

Almere is a new town a little to the east of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It’s quite interesting in terms of self build and custom build because in the Homeruspark district there are very few restrictions on what people can build. Serviced plots are available at a reasonable cost and then there are a few basic rules such as the maximum number of storeys. This kind of approach is very unusual in Europe and is the kind of thing that would cause cardiac arrests for most local planning officers in the UK.

What do people go for? Well there’s everything from Modernist to traditional Dutch copies, log cabins to err… you name it.

20141120_161303

 While the Dutch like their brickwork there are quite a few examples of timber frame and kit houses

20141120_155639

 Yes, the one in the middle is a house.

 20141120_161254

Although this is not strictly speaking eco-housing there are quite high levels of insulation and energy harvesting

 

20141120_161029

 

 20141120_161008

20141120_160443

shingle clad mansard roof and wall

20141120_160428 20141120_160415

20141120_160350

 20141120_155826

20141120_155403

20141120_155254 20141120_155306

Of course many of the houses have waterfronts

20141120_155246

20141120_154958

Quite a lot of spacious rooftop areas and balconies

20141120_154930 20141120_154922 20141120_154847

 The odd jokey bit

20141120_154833

Escher was here

20141120_154802

the big building might be an office

20141120_154309

20141120_154224

Houses in various stages of construction, like this solid wall timber house. See Solid Timber Construction

P1020661

Novel effect with the white house above. The bedding mortar is left oozing out beneath each course of bricks and then the whole wall is painted.

P1020660

P1020659

You can build where you like so some people start out on the edge

P1020655 P1020654

P1020653

P1020648

interesting boundary wall. (wallion?)

P1020649 P1020647 P1020646 P1020643 P1020642

yes, well, no compromising here

P1020641 P1020640 P1020637 P1020636

pile it on…

P1020635

P1020634

P1020633

P1020632

There are occasional references to the traditional tall narrow front elevations which you see in Netherlands cities like Amsterdam but generally there are fewer pitched roofs.Amsterdam

P1020631 P1020630

 

20141120_155846 20141120_160957 20141120_161418 20141120_161355

The ad hoc nature of the project means you might need to protect your party wall until someone else comes along to build next door.20141120_161809

20141120_161904 20141120_161910 20141120_161919 20141120_162011 20141120_162053

 Map. It all happens here, in and around the circular bit  ↓

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  

  

What is 7 + 7 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the simple calculation above. (so we know that you are a human) :-)