Emmeloord, Netherlands, Europe
Year1943latitude: 52° 43'
longitude: 5° 45'
Planning organizationWieringermeer Directorate
Nationality initiator(s)Netherlands
Designer(s) / Architect(s)C. Pouderoyen
Design organizationBuilding Bureau of the Wieringermeer Directorate
Inhabitants25,000 (2005)
Target population
Town websitehttp://www.emmeloord.info
Town related linkshttp://www.noordoostpolder.nl
Literature- Duin, R.H.A. van and G. de Kaste; The pocket guide to the Zuyder Zee project; 1990
- Wal, Coen van der; In Praise of Common Sense. Planning the Ordinary. A Physical Planning History of the New Towns in the IJsselmeerpolders; 1997
- Wal, Coen van der; Villages in the IJsselmeerpolders. From Slootdorp to Zeewolde; 1986

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy

Emmeloord, 1955
source: Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum

Emmeloord, present situation
source: Grote Topografische Atlas van Nederland

Map of Emmeloord, 1956
source: Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum, Lelystad

Emmeloord is the administrative center of the municipality of Noordoostpolder, in the province of Flevoland. The Noordoostpolder (North East Polder) was the second polder to be reclaimed as part of the Zuyderzee reclamation project. It was drained in 1942. The designing and planning of the towns and villages of the Noordoostpolder was the responsibility of the Wieringermeer Directorate, a sub-department of the Ministry of Water Management. The architect and urban planner C. Pouderoyen, who had started working for the Directorate in Augustus 1942, was commissioned to draw up a plan for Emmeloord, the only major town of the Noordoostpolder. The final version of the Pouderoyen plan was approved in the spring of 1947. By that time, construction had already started in the western part of Emmeloord.
The town of Emmeloord is located at the heart of the Noordoostpolder, where the three main drainage canals intersect. It is the local governmental and services centre of the municipality of Noordoostpolder. Ten smaller villages, conceived more as agricultural communities, were planned in a wide circle around Emmeloord, with the distances between them determined to be easily reachable by bicycle. These smaller villages are (in chronological order) Marknesse, Ens, Kraggenburg, Luttelgeest, Bant, Rutten, Creil, Nagele, Espel, and finally Tollebeek.
As of January 2007, Emmeloord has a population of nearly 25,000. It is a thriving community. Agriculture is the predominant economic sector in the municipality of Noordoostpolder. However, today Emmeloord mainly relies on light industry, trade, and service industry. Recently, the shopping centre of Emmeloord underwent a drastic renovation. It is expected that in the future, the importance of Emmeloord as the services centre of the Noordoostpolder will grow even more.


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