IJland (Almere Buitendijks)

Almere, NL

Ia holistic vision of rail connectivity, ecology, recreation and unique living environments with the development of 5.000-10.0000 houses. IJland saw the lake IJ (IJmeer) as the primary spatial quality for the new region.

IJland was the result of a collaboration between West 8, MVRDV, WMcDonough+ partners and the municipalities of Almere and Amsterdam. It’s part of ‘Almere 2.0’; a strategy for Almere to grow from 19.000 to 350.000 inhabitants and improve the quality of the city. West 8’s involvement focused on looking at the present-day situation as part of history and proposed ways to restore the ecology and improve water quality by building with nature.