Center Island in Amsterdam: The new man-made island for affordable homes

Center Island in Amsterdam

As we all know, the Netherlands is an incredibly densely populated place and especially in Amsterdam. Over 20 years ago they came up with a new plan to build man-made islands and on the waters of the Ijmeer lake in 1997, the scheme began. A plan which meant that 18,000 homes would be born. Now Center Island in Amsterdam is ready to be built on! 

Center Island (AKA Centrumeiland) is the 7th island and has been used as an art installation and campsite since 2015. And now it is finally ready for new homes to be built on it! It will ultimately house over 45,000 people in Amsterdam. What’s more, the island community will be mostly self-built, environmentally friendly and affordable. It’s also expected to remain as green as possible, despite many new homes. Plus, it’s only 15 minutes from Central Station!

How does it work?

I know what you’re thinking…water. Of course, you’re in the best place for water management and they are using all of that knowledge to help prevent any issues that may occur on this new man-made island. Each new home will be elevated above the level of the rest of the public space around it on mounds called Terpen, in order to protect it from any flooding. The greeny on the island will have storm channels that will be able to redirect rainwater so it doesn’t flood drains.

Center Island in Amsterdam
Center Island in Amsterdam // Source:

In terms of the environment, the houses will be connected to a district heating system, not natural gas, this is along with being triple glazed (so these places will be nice and toasty). The houses will be able to collect rainwater and it will be solar panelled, so it reduces water and electricity usage.

How will they look?

Although the houses will incorporate lots of things to make them environmentally friendly, they will still be aesthetically pleasing. The buildings on the island will all be different heights and have a variety of differently shaped balconies, roof gardens and back gardens. They want to make it as green as possible. Everyone will have their own nice outside space and that is the main thing.

Center Island in Amsterdam
Center Island in Amsterdam // Source:

More islands will be ready hopefully by next year – one of them relevantly named ‘Beach Island’ (sounds like somewhere I’d wanna live!)

What do you think about these new cool Amsterdam islands? Let us know in the comments! 😉

Featured picture: Atelier Puuur 

Emma Brown
Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


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