The Homerus district is part of an urban plan by OMA for a new suburban
extension for the city of Almere. The urban plan consists of different
building fields organised radially around a central core containing
public facilities. |
We were asked to design an urban scheme for one of the fields and,
at the same time, elaborate specific housing typologies which would
appeal to the taste of the ‘average Dutch housing consumer’.
The design focuses on two aspects of contemporary housing: the custom-made
house and the collectively designed living environment. The predominant
housing typologies are single-family houses, grouped around collective
courtyards, which can be landscaped by the adjoining house owners.
The houses, divided into different categories, are individually adjustable
within a wide range of options. The average building height of the
whole plan is one storey plus roof, making the urban setting very
relaxed although the use of land is very intense. The roofscape, resting
on a solid base of light coloured brick, is entirely materialized
in wooden shingles.