Amstelstation Amsterdam

Waiting space becomes waiting place

WeLoveTheCity has untangled the maze of infrastructure around Amstel Station. Pedestrians walk across the green and car-free station square to…


Bossche Stadsdelta 's-Hertogenbosch

Forever young

‘s-Hertogenbosch is a water city. The Bossche Stadsdelta is the place where the Dommel, Aa, Binnendieze and Zuid-Willemsvaart flow together…


Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa

Inclusive densification

Affordable housing is a universal fundamental right. But why is it still a global problem? More and more working Dutch…


Cromhoff, Twekkelerveld, Rigtersbleek and Het Volkspark Enschede

Talent for Twente

After Amsterdam, Enschede is home to the largest and most diverse range of educational and knowledge institutions. The city is…


Hamburg, London, Rome


WeLoveTheCity is also engaged in the development of tools for better cities. Smarticipate is a striking example of this. The…


Harbour Quarter Deventer

The Flemish Approach

Everyone knows: if you pass the old silos by the sluice, you are really in Deventer. Here, WeLoveTheCity introduced The…


Kolenkitbuurt Amsterdam

Reclaiming the street

Amsterdam West holds a special place in our hearts. It began with Mercatorplaza on the A10 West ring road. Together…


Cultural Estates Hilversum

Serenity in the Randstad

City dwellers crave for peace, space and nature, but unfortunately it cannot cost a penny. Many estates have therefore the…


Downtown Rotterdam

Club Cool

Rotterdam doesn’t have much space but it does need a lot of housing. That means densification. In the middle of…


Paasbos Nijkerk

Co-creation for doers

WeLoveTheCity ordered 100 empty ‘Paasboxes’. Residents of Paasbos in Nijkerk drew, taped and wrote their wishes and ideas for the…


Watertorenpark Hengelo

A Vondelpark in miniature

It was an epic battle but it worked: Watertower Park Hengelo is complete! “Over the cycle highway F35 towards the…


Waalsprong Nijmegen

Plant Your Flag

WeLoveTheCity believes that the energy transition will proceed more quickly if you give residents and entrepreneurs the space to implement…


Urban Land Swap Winterswijk

The best city centre

In 1998, Andries Geerse drew up the structural plan for the historic centre of Woerden, which was proclaimed the best…


The Village Arnhem

Smart & Slow

Since Dutch TV presentator Mies Bouwman’s crowd funding action in 1962, Het Dorp represents the emancipation of people with disabilities.…



Serenity in the Randstad

Serenity in the Randstad

City dwellers crave for peace, space and nature, but unfortunately it cannot cost a penny. Many estates have therefore the water up to their neck. This also applies to De Hoorneboeg and Zonnestraal, two unique areas on the southern side of Hilversum. The income no longer covered the maintenance costs. WeLoveTheCity is working on the sustainable maintenance of these pearls. Their special history is our main source of inspiration.

De Hoorneboeg used to be a summer residence for wealthy Amsterdammers. They enjoyed hunting, philosophy, poetry, music, flowers & plants, garden architecture and visual arts. It is now a cultural estate for inspiration.

“Together with you, we would like to make the world a better place by connecting people with themselves, with others and with nature.”

Kristiaan Kamerling, foundation De Hoorneboeg

Zonnestraal is primarily known for Duiker’s sanatorium, a monument to the Nieuwe Bouwen movement. That’s a shame, because the estate is no less than 100 hectares in size and contains many more stories worth discovering. WeLoveTheCity is currently developing a new area concept for a sociable and vibrant nature estate that revolves around the health of body and mind.

The future of Zonnestraal will determine the future of the crucial, yet seriously fragmented transition zone between the dry lands of Het Gooi and the wet peat grasslands of the Vecht region. To accomplish this, WeLoveTheCity is working together with the Province of North Holland, the municipalities of Hilversum and Wijdemeren, the Goois Nature Reserve and the Amstel, Gooi and Vecht Water Board.