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Description of the project: Drawing upon Dutch architectural heritage, West 8’s plan for Borneo Sporenburg was inspired by villages on the. Average density: dwellings per hectare (the dwellings in the three large housing blocks bring up the average density) Number of dwellings: fo. A total of dwellings have been built on the two former harbour peninsulas Borneo and Sporenburg. The area was covered with a carpet of.

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Posted by dimitris at A great deal of what would normally be designed as public space is included in the plots, thus creating space within the walls of the buildings.

By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy. The scent of the water, the sunsets and reflections over the canals are pulled into the living environment.

The remaining irregular space houses the kitchen-diner, sitting room and study, all spatially connected to one another.

The building layout clearly takes priority over the roads and car parking layout. Teerenstra Bouwgroep, Heiloo, the Netherlands. As this is a private home it is not open to visits.

As a conclusion this experience of the Borneo Sporenburg project has had a significant impact on Dutch urban planning future. Choosing the urban planning proposal from West 8 was a choice for the new, for the unknown. Those architects were about to design rows of 5 to 12 spkrenburg in order to avoid long and monotonous facades.

Streets are also well overlooked, due to the street frontage of the buildings, helping to make public spaces feel safe. The masterplan was based on a new approach towards single-family houses – generous private outdoor space, a secure parking space, safety and individuality.


Reflecting the nation’s greater wealth, only 30 percent of the units are subsidized social housing and the rest are under market rates.

Borneo Sporenburg project was about a dense urban space which would be inhabited by childless couples, singles and the extremes of high and low income, and a suburban edging occupied by middle-class families.

In numbers the project, according the C. The 60 terraced houses on Borneo refer of course to the Amsterdam Canal houses. Borneo Sporenburg masterplan was a residential brief of dwellings, set those two peninsulas as one planning area, dictating a high density of housing.

Borneo Sporenburg | West8 | Amsterdam

The idea was to drive daylight deep into the volumes of the houses, making smallish bornwo appear larger and taking advantage of the water views, while maintaining privacy. Further to the initial thoughts on the design, West 8 wanted to have around a dozen architects design the most of the housing. Even more, this variety of house types, the distinctive apartment blocks and the waterfront add character to the peninsulas and make the neighborhoods easy for visitors to be navigated.

The development of Borneo Sporenburg was a complicated and difficult process. The result is that some street fronts are lined with long, horizontally oriented wewt rather than the fine-grained rhythm of vertical facades that West 8 planned. Drawing upon Dutch architectural heritage, West 8’s plan for Borneo Sporenburg was inspired by villages on the former Zuiderzee, where small, intimate houses descend towards the water.

Both Borneo projects are published in the El Croquis monograph nr. Buildings and Public space: The Borneo Sporenburg development is purely a residential area having an urban character with lack of local shops and facilities which may lead to increased car dependency and subsequent parking problems.


Borneo Sporenburg, West 8 | Amsterdam | Netherlands | MIMOA

Taking these points of departure presented a fascinating and unique opportunity for an urban experiment. On the one hand the potential of the large scale dockland area was to be exploited for water-related activities, on the bonreo hand the brief called for low-rise dwelling units, with a density of units per hectare.

Car ports share the street frontage with the entrances, which are made by imaginatively designed porches, doors and gates. We use cookies on our website.

The apartment blocks in Borneo Sporenburg contain collective open spaces in the forms of courtyards or internal gardens. The final solution presents that by organising the dwellings in a compact system of sporeenburg and small streets, higher densities could be achieved Use of the area: Drawing upon Dutch ar Pieters Bouwtechniek, Haarlem, the Netherlands. The masterplan was designed by West 8, however, six architectural practices were also asked to conduct a study into dwellings with ground-level entrances, investigating the possibilities for developing good neighborhood areas with a pleasant environment.

Three immense sculptural blocks take their place in the vast expanse of houses in a configuration derived from nodes of interest in the surrounding landscape.