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 masterplan set strict but imaginative rules for the development, including guidelines for streetscape, parking, private open space, and storey height and plot width. A range of car parking treatments are used in Borneo Sporenburg: As a conclusion this experience of the Borneo Sporenburg project has had a significant impact on Dutch urban planning future.

West 8 borrneo created a framework for high density living that satisfies all the demands of an ordinary household. The elastic quality of the building generates a wide variety of dwelling types. 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. The idea was to drive daylight deep into the sporemburg of the houses, making smallish spaces appear larger and taking advantage of the water views, while maintaining privacy.

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. We use cookies on our website.

Borneo Sporenburg

As this is a private home it is not open to visits. Plot 18 is called a garden plot: The 60 terraced houses on Borneo refer of course to the Amsterdam Canal houses. 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. 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 Amsterdam was the most compact new housing district in The Netherlands of the 90’s. Taking these points of departure presented a fascinating and unique opportunity for an urban experiment.

West8 – Borneo-Sporenburg [VIDEO]

There has been considerable experimentation in the legal construction of New Deal and in the architectural and urban planning sense according to CABE. 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. Subscribe to Archello’s newsletter. 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 wwst of the docks.

The Borneo Sporenburg area east of Amsterdam City is a former harbour area. sporenbutg

West8 – Borneo-Sporenburg [VIDEO] |

dporenburg In principle, only three floors were possible within the 9. In Borneo-Sporenburg Amsterdam the most compact new housing district in The Netherlands of the ‘s two dwellings have been designed that aim for the greatest possible spaciousness and versatility within a limited envelope. Those codes also specified that dwellings should be designed by a diversity of architects. The harbour moved to the west, in the direction of the sea. The masterplan was based on a new approach towards single-family houses – generous private outdoor space, a secure parking space, safety and individuality.

Further to the initial thoughts on the design, West 8 wanted to have around a dozen architects design the most of the housing.

Buildings and Public space: Tuesday, 12 May 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 sporenbirg.

Streets are also well overlooked, due to the street frontage of the buildings, helping to make public spaces feel safe.

Choosing the urban planning proposal from West 8 was a choice for the new, for the unknown. West 8 sought the solution in developing a new typology of three-storey, ground-accessed houses deviating from the usual terraced house in being strongly oriented to the private realm, in this case by incorporating patios and roofgardens. 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.


Thus, more than architects were participating; developing new housing prototypes and the resulting designs include patios, roof gardens and striking views of the waterfront. 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. All private outside spaces as well as parking places are to be found within the plot.

The remaining irregular space houses the kitchen-diner, sitting room and study, all spatially connected to one another. Pieters Bouwtechniek, Haarlem, the Netherlands. The brief for Borneo and Sporenburg, two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, tied together two seemingly opposing ideas. They offer occupants a spectacular view, and conversely, are landmarks wrst from a distance.

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. There is however less variety in the streetscape than West 8 hoped to achieve. The area of Borneo Sporenburg is well worth a visit for its architectural diversity.

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.

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: E, is described as: Those architects were about to design rows of 5 to 12 units in order to avoid long and monotonous facades.

In order to insure this, West 8 set design codes, a wwest of criteria, upon which access, parking, private open space, storey height, plot width and building materials would be designed. Despite this, the plan achieves four floors while at the botneo time the ceiling height over much of the building is higher than normal. However, after the first units which were built, developers petitioned the city to limit the choices to only the six most popular unit types.