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Guided tours per area
Excursions with subjects as Cityplanning, Architecture and Art in Public Spaces of Amersfoort.  

The City Center- Historical Center of Amersfoort

Kattenbroek

Nieuwland

Vathorst

Het Eemplein

De Nieuwe Stad

De Wagenwerkplaats

The City Center, The Old Town
Amersfoort gained cityrights in the 13th century. In the 15th century the economy had

an enormous impulse by the coming of thousands Pelgrims who wanted to visit a

statue of Maria which was renowned for its power After that period there was a dark

period. In the nineteenth century however, the railways made Amersfoort again the

crossingpoint of several railwaylines. Throudh the Industrialisation and the coming of

higher ranked officers an other period started. Of course today most industries are

outdated. Amersfoort want to re-use industrial heritage as much a possible. In the so

called brownfields new residential areas are being redeveloped. Important themes

today are: conditions to include all people; culture and sportiviness. Investment in

sustainable systems and good architecture is essential: Good examples are:

Het Eemhuis which cantaines the library, Art-centre KADE; The RCE (government

building to preserve Cultural Heritage) and The future Townhall (house of the Town).

Extra attractive features which makes the city centre: Car-free environment,

partlybringing back of a former ring-moat; affordable housing on nice locations;

lots ofrecreational routes; the fantastic connection to the A1, A28 and the railways.

Thusalso very attractive for companies and expats.

 

Developments at the Northeast side of

Amersfoort. (1990-2026)
Due to the realisation of the Afsluitdijk in 1933, in combination with the

creation of a canal,  there was less wetland to the northeast side of town.

From that moment on there could also be residential development on that

side.  This took a flight by the annexation of Hoogland. A small village but

with lots of land. Amersfoort became twice as big. And from that moment on

three important extensions were realised and the town grew from

130.000 – 160.000 inhabitants.


Kattenbroek (Developed from 1990-1995) Focus: Undivided town,

emphasis on affordable housing: the numbers, the mix and the location. Vathorst

and Nieuwland are so called VINEX-locations, with PPP-constructions) Kattenbroek is

entirely developed by the municipality. Kattenbroek was also the result of special

Urban Planning of Ashok Bhalotra (Kuiper Compagnons,). He was thinking in

Metaphores. This was entirely different than any development before that. How to

live in t'The 'Court of Love' for instance, or in' The Ruines.


Nieuwland (Focus on environmental tehniques, some 5000 houses from 1995-2000).

Nieuwland was a reaction to Kattenbroek. One of the first PPP-constructions in The

Netherlands. The Cityplan had a more introvert layout with symmetrical courtyards

deriving inspiration from housing and architure in the 1930’s.


Vathorst (A residential area with 10.000 houses, 2002-2026, PPP-construction) has

learned a lot from the previous areas.The combination of an old landscape with bigger

farms (read bigger lots) on the one side and an area with a lot of canals on the other

side, and a great number of architects gives the area very good reviews in the world

of housing and urban planning. The theme here is ”a world of difference’. Cityplanning

offices are West 8 and Kuiper Compagnons.

Development to the west side of

Amersfoort.  An industrial Area from the late 19th century which will

be redeveloped to a residentialarea.A socalled ‘brownfield’. The whole area is called:

Langs Eem en Spoor (2016 – 2036).
“Langs Eem en Spoor” consists of several smaller area’s : All ready developed:

‘Het Eemplein’ and partly ‘de Nieuwe Stad’. Some of the industrial building of de

Wagenwerkplaats’; in the near future the area ‘Kop van Isselt’ (more downstream

of the Eem) and ‘Het Trapezium (the area between the current Central Railwaystation

and the current  townhall). In 2026 there will be a brandnew townhall. The realisation

of this whole area will take several decennia. One of the topics: How to implement

highrise buildings (approx.70m) where there were none before.


Het Eemplein - realised
Borderng the oldtowm on the westside on the other side of the railways very close to

the very famous Koppelpoort (double-gate)  A development of the Municipality:

‘Het Eemhuis’ with a combination of cultural functions like: The library, Museum

De KADE, a restauarant and ‘Schools of Arts’ (Art for amateurs like dance, sculpturing,

painting etc. ) The modern appearance of the building worked as a katalysor for new

shops, a movietheater appartments and all kind of activities. There are also new a

menities for boats who are allowed to moore alongside the river Eem.


De Nieuwe Stad – partly realised
‘De Nieuwe Stad’ bordering the Eemharbour is today allready a lively area where all kid of start-ups take place in former industrial premisses from the nineteenhundreds. Lots of opportunities for artists, entrepreneurs  and alike. A beach in summer for small children, several ‘high-end’ restaurants next to the ones using local produce. Slowly a housing programme is realized. A combination with high-rise buildings. A really Urban density.


De Wagenwerkplaats – partly realised
De komende decennia is Amersfoort vooral gefocust op woongebieden Langs Eem (Kop van Isselt.), waar uiteraard Het Eemfront goed gebruikt gaat worden. en Spoor
(Woningbouw rondom de Wagenwerkplaats). De Wagenwerkplaats is nu al een interessant gebied waar veel Industrieel Erfgoed is verandert in ateliers, restaurants en kleine bedrijven. Er is al een ecologische cpo-wijkje gerealiseerd: De Soesterhof en nog iets meer naar het westen is een nieuw buurtje ontstaan waar voorheen de Noackfabriek was.


Future tours:
-    Kop van Isselt
-    Het Trapezium (New Townhall)
-    Het Hogekwartier
-    Het Hoefkwartier

 

The Center
Kattenbroek
Nieuwland
Vathorst
Het Eemplein
De Nieuwe Stad
De Wagenwerkplaats
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