Vathorst in general
Vathorst is the latest city-district of Amersfoort, It will be developed between 2002 and 2024. The area is situated in the north-east part of the city of Amersfoort, between motorways A1 and A28, in the centre of the Netherlands. The objective is to build some 10.000 houses with all the necessary amenities, including shopping, sporting and cultural facilities, public transport, healthcare centres, primary and secondary schools. These amenities are kept in step with the building process and as such offer inhabitants of Vathorst direct use of them. At long last some 33.000 people will be living here. The total size of Vathorst is 560 ha, of which 228 ha is specific designated for housing. The housing programme consists of some 10.000 houses of which 30% has to be affordable for low-income households. Offices (120.000 m2) and a business park (3 ha) are also part of the plan. The development itself stems directly from the Fourth Memorandum of Spatial Planning, a national housing programme dating back from 1993 (so-called VINEX).
Vathorst is realized by a Public-Private-Partnership. A partnership between two shareholders: 50 % Municipality of Amersfoort and 50 % for a Consortium of Private developers: Alliantie (Housing Corporation), AM, BPD, Dura Vermeer, Heijmans
Living in a diverse area
Anyone walking, cycling or driving through Vathorst will immediately notice the diversity in architecture and the variety in urban and rural landscape. This distinctive vision of individual living experience and lively architectural shapes has as inspirational quote: “A World of Difference”. The internationally famous urban planners Ashok Bhalotra (Kuiper Compagnons, Office for Urban Planning and Architectural Consultancy) and Adriaan Geuze (West 8, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture)made the general Masterplan. Research shows that the inhabitants of Vathorst identify with “their’’ area, their own place. They experience Vathorst as bustling and diverse. Vathorst has succeeded to connect modernity, quality and diversity. The Vathorst urban plan has been translated into four three different distinct plans: 1. De Laak, 2. De Velden, 3. De Bron and 4. the ring built around the village of Hooglanderveen. Each plan has a different character and appearance.
Address & contact
Office OBV, Veenslagen 33
3825 RT Amersfoort
+31 (0)33 451 1010
Situated in the heart of De Laak is the Kai-Park, with an abundance of places to play and bordered by a broad waterway. West-8 (Urban Design and Landscape Architecture) designed this park and was inspired by Japanese design styles. Its size is approx. 2 ha and it is surrounded by water on three sides. In the park are three characteristic red gates; works of art by the Czech artist Alexandra Kolácová. The work was inspired on a Japanese Torii Gate. In Japanese tradition these gates form the entrance to sacred places. Here, however, local residents meet and in summer often spontaneous picnics take place. Many residents have dinghies. Because of the widening of the Laak river, more possibilities exist for sailing and recreation; e.g. sailing from Vathorst to Bunschoten. In the north of Vathorst bicycle and equestrian paths, walkways and canoe jetties have been realized. Running in the polder is one of the favourite hobbies of many local residents.
Park van de Tijden (1.7 ha) was designed by Kuiper Compagnons, Office for Urban Planning and Architectural Consultancy. It is a linear green park bordered by park houses. The theme “tijden=times” is to be interpreted as a ritual of seasons, of past, present and future, of natural elements. The park was one of the first public meeting places of Vathorst, in particular for its residents. The music stage at the edge of the pond functions as a platform. The stage was designed by artist group “Conservatorium”. The park has been divided into different areas: the spring hill on the north-west side, the summer field with the winter pond, followed by the autumn forest. A work of art is situated right in front of this forest: Abdelkader Benali’s “Blinddruk van de Tijd” (2007). Birch trees surround the park like a pictureframe.