The satellite city of Almere was founded forty years ago, but, basically, construction was concentrated on the periphery: sleeping areas immediately arose, and the center remained almost empty for a long time. Now the situation has changed: according to the general plan of Rem Koolhaas, it was decided to give the "core" of the city a distinct shape.
One of the largest projects was "Block 1" of Portzampark. It includes 10,000 sq. m of housing and 35,000 sq. m of shops and restaurants.
It is a large square, crossed crosswise by two shopping streets, while the center is marked by a multi-storey residential building. The roof of this square is planted with a lawn, the edges are rows of sectional houses. From the side of their rear facades, a pedestrian path is laid along the roof of the complex, and bridges are thrown across the “passages” streets.