Olympia Quarter @MVRDV

Almere, founded in 1976 on reclaimed land, is fast becoming the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. Having already realised a new city centre, Almere now plans Olympiakwartier as a secondary centre to boost density and quality of life. The total area has been split into 82 volumes of which MVRDV designed 40. In order to achieve a greater urban variety, 42 of the 82 buildings will be designed by 22 different architecture offices from all over the world.

Location Almere

Size 600.000 m²

Program Educational, residential, offices

Year 2008

Status Design

“We organised the Olympic Games for architects and invited 22 architectural offices from all over the world to make a design”

The plan demands individual development of the buildings: a dense mix of living and working leading to a complex urban condition. Retail, a public square and communal gardens are also part of the comprehensive plan which introduces inner city life to the mostly suburban typology of Almere. Flexibility is a key objective: All ground floors and part of the office and apartment buildings are designed to facilitate future change of use. Some buildings are designed without a defined function yet: In this way the owner, Stadgenoot, can adjust the district more and more to the needs of the growing new town and its inhabitants.

The architect’s selection consists of a varied group of offices, from young and conceptual to more established architects, in order to create true urban variety. A central parking structure serves the urban concept: by avoiding underground large trees can grow in the communal gardens in the various communal courtyards. The central location to station cars guarantees pedestrian traffic. The parking structure is set to be the centre of the neighbourhood with shops and a drive-in cinema. A combination of natural ventilation, daylight and a green interior court make the structure pleasant to use and energy efficient. The scale of the garage, allows double use and brings down the total number of parking spaces in the area.

Architect MVRDV (copyright) Principal in charge: Jacob van Rijs

Role Renske van der Stoep Partner / Project architect

Partners Ballast Nedam Bouw, Heddes Bouwgroep, M.J. de Nijs Projectonwikkeling, DWA Installatie-en energieadvies, Pieters Bouwtechniek Delft

2012 Architects, Netherlands Atelier Bow Wow, Japan Baumschlager & Eberle, Austria BKK-3 Architektur, Austria Breitman et Breitman, France Bruno Albert Architecte & Associés, Belgium Charles Vandenhove Architecture, Belgium Cobe, Denmark, Netherlands Dierendonck Blancke Architects, Belgium Édouard François, France Guallart Architects, Spain Herreros, Spain JDS Architects, Denmark, Belgium Jürgen Mayer H., Germany Krier Kohl, Luxemburg LOT-EK, United States Monadnock, Netherlands Onix, Netherlands Sadar Vuga Arhitekti, Slovenia Studio Gang, United States Urban Think Tank, Venezuela Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten, The Netherlands Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects, Japan

Client Stadgenoot Housing Association