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For ten years the residents of Schoonschip (Cleanship) worked hard to develop their dream of a floating energy self-sufficient neighborhood in Amsterdam. In 2020 their dream became a reality and 105 residents started living in their floating homes.
In collaboration with a team of consultants, Space&Matter translated the ideas of the Schoonschip initiative group into an urban plan and supervised the residents in their process to realize the homes within that plan. The plan consists of 30 water plots with 46 dwellings that house 105 residents in a variety of configurations.
500 solar panels are fitted on the roofs and each home has a battery to store surplus energy. There is only one connection to the energy grid through which residents can trade their generated solar power. A smart grid developed by Metabolic allows residents to trade among themselves.
Other measures to make the neighborhood as energy progressive as possible are shared electric cars, residents agreed to get rid of their personal cars. Each plot has a water pump to extract heat from the water. Wastewater from toilets is treated and converted back into energy.
Residents worked closely together to realize their dream neighborhood and coordinate the development process. They made a conscious search for diversity in the composition of residents. Halve of the houses are ‘kangeroo houses’ where two households live together in one houseboat. At a later stage the plan is to connect the houses with a boardwalk that can serve as pavement and meeting place.
Thomas Sykora, a filmmaker and photographer who shares Plot 21 with Theo, Ferrie and Paul, explains why he wanted to become a part of this exceptional neighborhood: “What applied eight years ago still applies: we have to live differently to counter the effects of climate change. I see it as the greatest responsibility of our time to be part of the solution. In addition, it appealed to me to live in a close knit community.”