Architectural gems can be found throughout Almere. From apartment blocks to the theatre, from the library to the public squares: all are extraordinary designs. Leading architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herman Hertzberger and Liesbeth van der Pol have contributed to building this ‘New Land’ that was reclaimed from the sea. Find your favourite among the awe-inspiring designs.
Begin your New Land journey here.
The building with the partly curving glass façade on Stadhuisplein is the town hall (Stadhuisplein meaning ‘town hall square’).
The main goal in designing the library was to create an inviting building that beckons people to come in.
Looking at this impressive, colourful building, it’s clear why it’s called De Smaragd – ‘the emerald’.
The abundance of restaurants and cafés on the Belfort square make it the perfect spot for a break.
If you look at it from the right angle, it seems as if the Lakeside building turns on its own axis.
The KAF (Kunstlinie) building, home to a theatre and an arts centre, is the centre of attention on the Esplanade square – and rightly so.
The way these two tower blocks are placed at a right angle to each other is due to a happy accident during the design process.
When the maquettes for these apartment blocks were knocked over by accident, it turned out to be a happy one: the architect liked the playful way the blocks suddenly stood at an angle and decided that this was the way they should be built. And it’s precisely this angle that has made them famous: The Side by Side buildings are now an integral part of Almere’s skyline.
Trees and water played an important role when designing the Schipperplein.
In all likelihood, you will have noticed this bridge already. Its shape is reminiscent of a sailboat.
Higher floors are often more popular, hence the way the top of this building juts out.
This is the end of the New Land walking route.