Tuesday, January 8

8th borough of the Hague

In 2002, the new development of 11,000 dwellings (30,000 inhabitants) in Ypenburg joined the Hague as the 8th borough of the city. It was built on the site of a former military airport of the same name. The choice of the location and program are part of the Vinex policy of the government (Fourth White Paper on Spatial Planning (Vierde Nota Ruimtelijke Ordening), which was promulgated in 1993.

Like other similar new real estate development in the Netherlands (Ijburg in Amsterdam, Hoofddorp, New Vennep...), there is always a clean feeling as well as unfinished/empty feeling when walking around this massive brand-new neighbourhoods.

The Dutch government is now promoting the extension of small villages as a way of avoiding what some critics see as the large scale and anonymity of the Vinex locations.

For more architectural insight on the site, click here.


'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi lezard,
So you are back already, interesting again to read your "Vinex" story', its all over or everywhere in Holland, good to write about this subject,

I went by our (new) car, to see the lighballs-show in The Hague Kijkduin, and I made photo's of course. I wrote on my blog that I found this information in your blog, (thanks!) with a link to your blog, so than you know that.

How was your holiday?
Glad to see you back on blogspot, welcome and I hope to read and see more of The Hague through your eyes. Happy wishes for 2008!


Anonymous said...

Isn't the Netherlands turning into an Urban Connerbation? What about the Green Zone?