Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront

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Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Medium
Range Heights 3-10
basic project statistics
gross building area 0
units 2500
population 0
site area 250000 sq. m
coverage 0.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
Borneo and Sporenburg, two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, were to be part of a state-funded regeneration that called for water-related activities, as well as 2,500 dwelling units, with a density of 100 units per hectare.

In 1996, the Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront Master Plan was designed by the Dutch firm West 8, which decided to create a framework for high density living that could include the demand for single-family housing within the city. The design combines several rows of terrace houses with three big scale multi-family buildings. By organizing the dwellings in a compact system of plots and small streets, higher densities could be achieved.

Inspired in the traditional Dutch villages, where small houses front the water, the three-storey family housing is arranged in banded blocks and subdivided into narrow individual parcels, each of which has an inside void that liberates 30-50% of the parcel. More than 100 architects participated in the design of the houses, which resulted in a great variety of layouts and façade designs. The multifamily apartment buildings were conceived as "sculptural blocks", and have become significant landmarks in the harbor landscape, specially the one known as “The Whale”.

In terms of income structure, 30% of the units are subsidized social housing, a low ratio compared with the 70% that has been typical in The Netherlands until recently. The development, a 15 minute bike ride to the center of Amsterdam, is clearly urban in character, but lacks local retail and facilities.""""