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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West8 – Borneo-Sporenburg [VIDEO]

Taking these points of departure presented a fascinating and unique opportunity for an urban experiment. The interaction of high-rise and low-rise provides borneoo urban fabric, orientation, and structure.

A series of rooms have been created differing in height and degree of privacy. The final solution presents that by organising the dwellings in a compact system of plots and small streets, higher densities could be achieved Use of the area: The idea was to drive daylight deep into the volumes of the houses, making smallish spaces appear larger sporejburg taking advantage of the water views, while maintaining privacy. The elastic quality of the building generates a wide variety bogneo dwelling types.

On the one hand the potential of the large scale dockland area was to be exploited for water-related sporenburh, on the other hand the brief called for low-rise dwelling units, with a density of units per hectare.

The Borneo Sporenburg area east of Amsterdam City is a former harbour area. Reflecting the nation’s greater wealth, only 30 percent bornwo the units are subsidized social housing and the rest are under market rates. A great deal bornfo what would normally be designed as public space is included in the plots, thus creating space within the walls of the buildings.

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The 60 terraced houses on Borneo refer of course to the Amsterdam Canal houses. They were committed to creating unique structures within a unified whole. In principle, only three floors were possible within the 9.

A range of car parking treatments are used in Borneo Sporenburg: Thus, more than architects were participating; dest new housing prototypes and the resulting designs include patios, roof gardens and striking views of the waterfront.

Borneo-Sporenburg Amsterdam was the most compact new housing district in The Netherlands of the 90’s.

Streets are also well overlooked, due to the street frontage of the buildings, helping to make public spaces feel safe. Adriaan Geuze of West 8 Landscape Architects tried to develop the Borneo Sporenburg area into a kind of old-fashioned neighbourhood like ‘De Jordaan’ in the west part of the Amsterdam wesr.

On the masterplan design the Borneo Sporenburg plan is divided into low-rise buildings in three zones and architecturally distinctive high-rise residential buildings within these zones, creating significant landmarks.

This approach is a variant upon the traditional type of Dutch canal house. 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 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. The brief for Borneo and Sporenburg, two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, tied together two seemingly opposing ideas.

The area of Borneo Sporenburg is well worth a visit for its architectural diversity. Want to see more like this?

Borneo Sporenburg, West 8 | Amsterdam | Netherlands | MIMOA

Despite this, the plan achieves four floors while at the same time the ceiling height over much of the building is higher than normal. All private outside spaces as well as parking places are to be found within the plot. Subscribe to Archello’s newsletter. The low-rise housing structures are arranged into strict branded blocks which are sub-divided into individual plots, each containing an inside void that comprises 30 to 50 percent of the plot.


As a conclusion this experience of the Borneo Sporenburg project has had a significant impact on Dutch urban planning future. The masterplan set strict but imaginative rules for the development, including guidelines for streetscape, parking, private open space, and storey height and plot width. Borneo Sporenburg masterplan was a residential brief of dwellings, set those two peninsulas as one planning area, dictating a high density of housing. By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

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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.

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

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.

Those architects were about to design rows of 5 to 12 units in order to avoid long and monotonous facades.