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A-Z of The Netherlands: A is for Almere

(about My A-Z challenge)

A is for Almere, of course. The city I chose to live in The Netherlands, I was still in Portugal.

Almere is the youngest city of The Netherlands. Situated in Flevoland, the most recent province of the country, its first house was finished in 1976. Named after the early medieval name of the Zuiderzee, this garden-city is now the 7th largest municipality in The Netherlands with 191,495 citizens (9 May 2011). Almere offers contemporary architecture, several parks, woods and lakes, an exciting cultural environment and a relaxing and balanced life. Annemarie Jorristma-Lebbink, a former minister, has been the mayor of the city since 16 August 2003. Her party (VVD) is the same one of the current prime-minister, Mark Rutte.

Almere is Contemporary Architecture

Almere Centrum (where we lived in the first two years)

From Almere (III)

Tussen de Vaarten (our current neighbourhood)

Two Face, by the Dutch NIO Architecten.

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The New City Center

The Citadel (2006)

A shopping complex by the French architect Christian de Portzamparc.

A complex of 100 to 100 metres which is divided into four quadrants by two intersecting streets (for pedestrians). Above the car parks there are 50 shops. On top there are 46 colourful houses, and an apartment complex including 6 apartments and a parking lot for its residents. The terrace of La Place restaurant (on the top floor of warehouse V&D) provides a unique view of the Citadel.

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The Lakeside Tower (2007)

A building in front of the Weerwater Lake, of the architect Bjarne Mastenbroek (SeARCH, Amsterdam).

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The Smaragd (2007)

Apartments and a store (Hema) designed by Gigon and Guyer.

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The Skyline of Almere

The Wave (2005) by the Dutch architect René van Zuuk.

A dramatic wave-like facade, covered with silver anodized aluminum plate.

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Side by Side (2007)

Two residential towers by the Dutch architect Frits van Dongen.

The towers facades were made of light blue coloured industrial glass. In the base of the towers, there’s a winter garden, sauna and gym, especially for the residents. Moreover, there’s a private swimming pool (you can see it from the outside), overlooking the lake Weerwater.

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Silverline

An apartment tower designed by the Dutch Claus and Kaan Architects.

The top of this apartment tower surprisingly leans over lake Weerwater. However, the reason for this is simple: because most people like to live at the top or bottom of a tower, the top and foot of ‘Silverline’ is maximized, while the least interesting middle section is minimized.

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Urban Entertainment Center designed by the British architect William Alsop.

A block of approximately 4,000 m2, which includes the hotel rooms, floats eight metres above street level. It has a beautiful facade of cedar. This section is supported by columns. The entrance to the hotel is a blob with a brass cladding.

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Muzinq / Discotheque NOX

A pop centre with three halls, one accommodating 1200 persons.

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Almere Buiten

The Eilandenbuurt houses.

They remind us the Dutch Antilles and the maritime history of The Netherlands.

 

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Almere is Cultural Life

Almere’s library (2010)

A building by the Dutch architects Meijer en Van Schooten.

De Nieuwe Bibliotheek was considered the Best Library of The Netherlands in 2010.

 

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Theater and Arts Center (2006)

A building by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) that was officially opened by Queen Beatrix in 2007. Simplicity, transparency and light is what this building is about. From a single storey surface of 100 to 100 metres, three halls (1050, 350 and 150 seats respectively)  extend into the lake Weerwater. The building users are the theater and the arts center, De Kunstlinie, that offers courses, workshops of music, visual arts, theater, literature, dance and multimedia.

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The Pasion Buena Vista Show, May, 2009 in Almere’s Theater.

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Almere’s Selexyz Bookstore.

Bookstore of the year 2008-2009.

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Almere is Fun

A lounge in the city center to enjoy the sun.

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Enjoying Queen’s Day in the several terraces of the city center.

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Selling old stuff in the streets on Queen’s Day. Everybody can do it and it is a fun and nice way to get rid of the stuff we don’t need anymore.

From Koninginnedag 2011

The restaurant Boat House in Noorderplassen.

I like to go there specially to watch the sunset.

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Stoomboot Rondvaart

A very nice trip in a luxury steamboat.

From Stoomboot Rondvaart Almere Haven 2011

Almere Strand (beach)…

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Skating in the Weerwater lake nearby the Theater.

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An old passion…boats!! Muiderzand Marina in Almere 🙂

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Almere happens

Midland Classic Show

A fantastic exhibition of old cars…

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Smaak Parade

A delicious event. We can taste cheeses, wines, and many delicacies.

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Almere Haven Festival

In the oldest part of the city, a brocante en antiek markt.

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Historisch Festival Almere

Also in Almere Haven nearby the beach.

From Historisch Festival Almere 2011

Almere is gezellig

A city where it is a pleasure to live.

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Swans in the sidewalks. 🙂

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Almere is Nature

The fantastic nature reserve of Oostvaardersplassen.

And if you like to watch birds in particular, this is the ideal place to be.

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From Oostvaardersplassen

A sunset in Almere Pampus.

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There is much more to enjoy, like De Kemphaan, The Beatrix Park, and many other wonderful places.

In the video below, you will be able to watch more amazing buildings, woods and nice places in Almere to relax and enjoy with your family and friends.

Almere in motion

I hope you have enjoyed this trip to Almere, our adopted city.

Take your train in Schiphol Airport and in 30 minutes you are here. Enjoy your stay!

Have fun! Veel plezier!!

PS: Do you think that we chose well? 😉

 

Visit Sandra’s sensational blog Presépio com Vista para o Canal for more fabulous posts like this one.

 

Source of the information about Almere’s architecture: http://www.almerenjoy.nl/architectuur_stadshartEN.htm)