Client: Stichting Schoonschip
Architect: Space & Matter and others
Contractor: Willem Beverloo Construction Company, Van Middendorp Construction Company, Hagoort Construction, Benecke, Balance d'eau, Gesamt Collectief, De Blauwe Wimpel, Dutch Lotus, DIY
Address: Johan van Hasseltkade 201-259
Number of houses: 46
Photography: Isabel Nabuurs
Schoonschip is the most sustainable floating district in Europe, developed by the residents themselves. Since the beginning of 2020, 46 households on 30 arks have been living in this ecologically and socially sustainable neighborhood. Half of the arks are two-for-one-barge, the floating variant of a semi-detached house. By jointly formulating ambitions and frameworks and offering freedom to residents and architects within them, a very diverse, creative residential area has been created. Schoonschip is located in the Johan van Hasselt Canal in Buiksloterham (Amsterdam North).
Sustainable materials and sustainable installations have been used as much as possible. The water houses are very well insulated (EPC = maximum 0). The houses are connected by a dock with five connections to the shore, and a long dock parallel to the shore. This jetty is owned by the residents and has been designed according to the wishes of the residents.
The houses are not connected to the natural gas network. Heat pumps provide heating that extract heat from the water in the canal (aquathermie). The residents generate energy themselves via solar panels. Every home has a large battery in which energy can be stored. With a smart grid, electricity can be mutually exchanged, so that 46 households have only one connection to the national energy grid. There is a separate flow for the discharge of gray water (from dishwasher, washing machine) and black water (from toilet).
All houses have a green roof and / or facade, on which, for example, you can produce your own food. Schoonschip is a breeding ground for the latest sustainable techniques and solutions.