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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The scent of the water, the bprneo and reflections over the canals are pulled into the living environment. Borneo Sporenburg masterplan was a residential brief of dwellings, set those two peninsulas as one planning area, dictating a high density of sporenburv. Those architects were about to design rows of 5 to 12 units in order to avoid long and monotonous facades. Even more, this variety of house types, the distinctive xporenburg blocks and the waterfront add character to the peninsulas and make the neighborhoods easy for visitors to be navigated.

By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy. The brief for Borneo and Sporenburg, two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, tied together two seemingly opposing ideas. Subscribe to Archello’s newsletter.

Borneo Sporenburg | West8 | Amsterdam

However, after the first units which were built, developers petitioned the city to limit the choices to only the six most popular unit types. The result is that some street fronts are lined with long, horizontally oriented structures rather than the fine-grained rhythm of vertical facades that West 8 planned. Borneo-Sporenburg Amsterdam was the most compact new housing district in The Netherlands of the 90’s. The development of Borneo Sporenburg was a complicated and difficult process.

E, is described as: There is however less variety in the streetscape than West 8 hoped to achieve.


The masterplan was designed by West 8, however, six architectural practices were also asked to sporenbur a study into dwellings with ground-level entrances, investigating the possibilities for developing good neighborhood areas with a pleasant environment. Want to see more like this? Posted by dimitris sporenbufg This approach is a variant upon the traditional type of Dutch canal house.

The masterplan was based on a new approach towards single-family houses – generous private outdoor space, a secure parking space, safety and individuality.

Borneo-Sporenburg Amsterdam | West 8 | Archello

The interaction of high-rise and low-rise provides an urban fabric, orientation, and structure. Drawing upon Dutch ar The masterplan set strict but imaginative rules for the development, including guidelines for streetscape, parking, private open space, and storey height and plot width.

On the masterplan design the Borneo Sporenburg plan is divided sporenburh low-rise buildings in three zones and architecturally distinctive high-rise residential buildings within these wesh, creating significant landmarks. Problems, Issues and Thoughts: In numbers the project, according the C. At the scale of the area as a whole, a delicately balanced relationship exists between the repetition of the individual dwellings, the roofscape and the great scale of the docks.

The design of the apartment blocks and the low-rise dwellings was specific to the scheme. The remaining irregular space houses the kitchen-diner, sitting room and study, all spatially connected to one another. 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.

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. Car ports share the street frontage with the entrances, which are made by imaginatively designed porches, doors and gates.

Unfortunately, there is only a little public green space in the development as a whole, with the water surrounding the docks serving as the main public space, open to Amsterdam’s boating culture. A series of rooms have been created differing in height and degree of privacy.


Those codes also specified that dwellings should be designed by a diversity of architects. On the one hand the potential of the large scale dockland area was to be exploited for water-related activities, on the other hand the brief called for low-rise dwelling units, with a density of units per hectare.

Reflecting the nation’s greater wealth, only 30 percent of the units are subsidized social housing and the rest are under market rates. Pieters Bouwtechniek, Haarlem, the Netherlands. Buildings and Public space: In order to insure this, West 8 set design codes, a range of criteria, upon which access, parking, private open space, storey height, plot width and building materials would be designed.

Choosing the urban planning proposal from West 8 was a choice for the new, for the unknown. Thus, more than architects were participating; developing new housing prototypes and the resulting designs include patios, roof gardens and striking views of the waterfront. We use cookies on our website. As this is a private home it is not open to visits. In Borneo-Sporenburg Amsterdam the most compact new housing district in The Netherlands of the ‘s two dwellings have sporrnburg designed that aim for the greatest possible spaciousness and versatility within a limited envelope.

The area of Borneo Sporenburg is well worth a visit for its architectural diversity. Description of the project: As a conclusion this experience of the Borneo Sporenburg project has had a significant impact on Dutch urban planning future.

The elastic quality of the building generates a wide variety of dwelling types. Those dwellings have also a front door onto the street creating a street frontage and sporenvurg own, exterior space.