Westflank – Haarlemmermeer
Spatial research

Area design for Westflank, Haarlemmermeer, 2009

The Westflank area of Haarlemmermeer is gradually evolving into a residential landscape abounding in water. The development of a sustainable water system forms the basis for redesigning the landscape of the polder, where residential and recreational environments are in agreement with the design for water and landscape.

Palmbout Urban Landscapes, in conjunction with the Projectbureau Westflank, Strootman Landschaparchitecten, VPXDG Landschapsarchitecten en FARO architecten, produced the area design for the Westflank Project Brief.

As far as water is concerned, the design’s aim is to provide Haarlemmermeerpolder with self-sufficient water management. This includes setting up a fine-grained system of small watercourses and adding a large lake.

As far as landscape is concerned, the design creates a robust framework of existing and new lines in the polder. Another addition, besides the new lake, is a new wooded area. The open area at the southernmost tip can accommodate agritourism. The new landscape will improve recreational opportunities and create ecological connections.

The new residential environments have been inspired by the existing features of the landscape: living near the wood in the north (Cruquiushof) and living in the water-locked polder near New Vennep (Buiten Vennep). Smaller scale residential environments will fall within the scope of a landscape strategy for the ribbons, and in the Buurderij, a rural estate that builds on the principles of the Olmenhorst estate near Lisserbroek. Zwaanssluis and Lisserhaven are two new villages that link the polder network with the water of the ringvaart (a circular canal) and the lakes in Zuid Holland.

Client: Provincie Noord-Holland,
Date: 2010