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
Of course many of the houses have waterfronts
Quite a lot of spacious rooftop areas and balconies
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
interesting boundary wall. (wallion?)
yes, well, no compromising here
pile it on…
Map. It all happens here, in and around the circular bit ↓