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De Oostvaarders / Drost + van Veen architecten

  • 01:00 - 5 October, 2009
De Oostvaarders / Drost + van Veen architecten
De Oostvaarders / Drost + van Veen architecten, © John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

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  • Architects

  • Location

    VVV Almere, Stadhuispromenade 1, 1315 XP Almere, The Netherlands
  • Architects

    Drost + van Veen architecten
  • Project Architects

    Evelien van Veen, Simone Drost
  • Collaborators

    Onno Groen, Kees de Wit, Jos Lafeber, Bernhard Jaarsma, Perry Klootwijk
  • Structural Engineer

    ABT Delft
  • Client

    Gemeente Almere
  • Contractor

    Reimert Bouw
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Nature-education-centre “The Oostvaarders” is situated in a unique nature reserve in Europe: The Oostvaardersplassen in Almere, The Netherlands. The building is constructed at a junction of various landscapes with the different characters of land, water, forest and reed fields. To serve a wide audience there is an information room, classroom, panorama-room, restaurant and representative meeting-room: the new icon of Almere-Buiten.

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© John Lewis Marshall


The Oostvaarders presents itself in two different shapes. From the parking the shape is inviting, like a vertical beacon rising from the plain. On the contrary the shape from the lakeside is horizontal, connecting with the extensive dyke and water.

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© John Lewis Marshall

On the first floor the panorama-room, with a large horizontal window, gives a great view over the lake. The entrance of the building is situated at the foot of the dyke. From the entrance the visitor climbs the stairs to the crow’s nest: an exterior space to view the environment. This movement is emphasized by a continous sightline through the building that connects the entrance and the crow’s nest.

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© John Lewis Marshall


In order to minimize a disruption in the surrounding natural environment, the buildingtime was reduced to a minimum. Therefore, the building is constructed in prefab, massive, wooden walls and floors. The LenoTec walls are fabricated in Finnland. The use of these prefabricated elements made an eight meter overhang over the lake possible. In addition, wood is a light material with a high isolation. The natural expression of this material remains visible in the interior, like in a wooden cottage.

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© John Lewis Marshall


© John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

The facades are constructed of prefab, timbered pinewood, elements in different patterns and textures. The perforations in the facade vary in direction and size. By framing the view everytime in a different way, the visitor will learn to observe the environment.

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Mr. Cheap · January 02, 2010

Skip the diagrams please. I don't see how that has been the formation of the house. Arrows and symbols are meaningless to explain the project. I like the fact that you meet a tall and manifested building, and then enter into a wider landscape with a relation to the surroundings. There are no diagrams to explain this.

I also think the project has poor detailing and material usage from what one can see in theese images. It doesn't refine and strengthen the project, only weakens it.

It's nice, but it's not sufficiently controlled and executed.

Tanja · November 25, 2009

Looks great and very well balanced. Congratulations!

Archlad · October 07, 2009

Would love to see it live. Great project.

Tom W · October 07, 2009

Beautiful photos, whoever took them. Really like the contrast between the dark wood and the bright interior. I'm glad the building ended up looking the way it did as opposed to the patchwork green exterior as shown those initial early sketches.

tsaB · October 06, 2009

very inspiring building. i would like to add that the contrast of the inner shell declares clearly the entry and makes it accessible to visually impaired people..

good work!

Andrew Geber · October 06, 2009

so futuristic, especially with the ice!

Rasha · October 06, 2009

The building appears to be growing from nature especially in the second picture. It looks like a continuation of the brown trees. This is what architecture ought to be, a part of the environment and an enhancement of it.

oscar falcón lara · October 06, 2009

Brilliant how they deducted the final solution, at least in the sketch depicting the added shapes. The triangular floor plan seems so very practical and yet, somehow the whole building at first might not give that impression, being almost at waters edge. Good job.

dru · October 06, 2009

good looking building profile...

Jason · October 06, 2009

Beautiful project. I think the yellow on the interior and the grey siding on the exterior compliment each other perfectly. Love the photos with the water surrounding it.

mike · October 06, 2009

sections please!!

Joshua · November 25, 2009 05:58 AM


Mookie Wilson · October 05, 2009

Um, cool building, but I think they need to rethink their flood control plan. Is that a decorative dyke?

Case DeVisser · October 07, 2009 08:57 PM

I agree, very cool building. And as far as flood control, I don't think anyone knows more about that than the dutch!


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