Fluvial Garden, Almere

Design Strategy
Almere Hout is a developing district, eventually meant for 30.000 houses. Bureau B+B developed a design strategy, in which archeological sites define the urban lay-out. In order to preserve the precious relicts, these areas will remain open. They turn into town gardens, where the urban growth develops around them.A winding linear park joins all the town gardens into a 37 kilometer long exposition. The gardens are placed in an imaginary alphabetical grid, where letters correspond to an archeological lexicon.The town gardens determine the identity and the composition of the new neighborhoods. The design strategy starts with the planting of a hundred tree nurseries on the archeological sites. In every nursery a different collection of trees grows. After the construction of the neighborhood, the trees are spread out along the streets, giving each neighborhood its own identity.

Model Garden
The model garden is situated in the F-zone. F stands for ‘Fluvial Garden’. Fluvial means ‘shaped by flowing water’. The flowing water connects all the houses and people. All houses are connected to the garden by a system of storage, infiltration and discharge of rainwater. Rainwater running from the rooftops fills the water playgrounds. Then the water flows into the Fluvial Garden.Different types of willows are used, a ‘wet’ type of tree. An edge of linked patio houses gives the garden a secluded, mysterious atmosphere. Only two small alleys give access to the garden. The houses surround the water garden with cypresses and stepping stones shaped like the leaves of water lilies. After heavy rains, the water rises so high that the stepping stones are under water. The garden is no longer accessible and becomes the private domain of the people who live there.

  • Location: Almere, Netherlands
  • winning design Ymere 2005: 2005
  • Client: Ymere
  • Area: 37 km
Fluvial Garden Almere

archeological sites define the urban lay-out.

Fluvial Garden Almere

After the construction of the neighborhood is finished, the trees are spread out along the streets, giving each neighborhood their own identity.

Fluvial Garden Almere

A winding linear park joins all the town gardens into a 37 kilometer long exposition.

Fluvial Garden Almere

All houses are connected to the garden by a system of storage, infiltration and discharge of rainwater.

Fluvial Garden Almere

After heavy rains, the water rises so high that the stepping stones are under water.