Floating village in Amsterdam North aims to be the most sustainable development of its kind

Floating village in Amsterdam North aims to be the most sustainable development of its kind

12 Jan 2021 News

A new floating village in Amsterdam North, Schoonschip comprises a total of 46 houses and aims to become Europe’s most sustainable floating community. Over 10 years, a masterplan for the village was undertaken by Space&Matter with inhabitants ultimately selecting their own architect. As a result, each home is the village features a unique architecture.

i29 / Ewout Huibers

This particular home was designed by i29 architects and is distinguished by a dynamic variation of both indoor and outdoor spaces as well as form. Spanning a total of three floors, all areas of the home are open to a shared atrium, resulting in a light-filled interior. A split level connection is utilized to allow for a loggia terrace at just above water level. The top living area has an adjacent semi-closed terrace.  

i29 / Ewout Huibers

To maximize the sense of volume within the house, a pitched roof turned diagonally helps to optimize usable space by lending a distinctive design characteristic. 

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i29 / Ewout Huibers

The house is part of the floating village’s own smart grid, to which all homes are connected and share energy.  

i29 / Ewout Huibers

And like many of the other homes in the village, this house was realized on a tight budget, showing that smart yet spacious interiors can be achieved within constraints. 

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