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Almere, Netherlands


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.


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


 Yes, the one in the middle is a house.


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






shingle clad mansard roof and wall

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Of course many of the houses have waterfronts



Quite a lot of spacious rooftop areas and balconies

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 The odd jokey bit


Escher was here


the big building might be an office



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


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.



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

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interesting boundary wall. (wallion?)

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yes, well, no compromising here

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pile it on…





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

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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

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

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