August 23, 2015

Sustainability Masterplan for Schoonschip

Project overview

A sustainability masterplan for a floating residential neighborhood of 47 households in Amsterdam North that will make it one of the most sustainable urban developments in Europe.

Title: Sustainability Masterplan for Schoonschip

Client: Stichting Schoonschip

Partners: space&matter, Waterloft

Date delivered: ongoing


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Project Description

Schoonschip is a daring attempt to re-imagine how cities function today and create an urban ecosystem that is not in conflict with the natural environment and the economy. 47 households on 30 floating villas will provide homes for about 150 residents.

Through an integrated design process, close cooperation with the community, and financial support from public and private partners, Schoonschip has become a groundbreaking concept that pushes many of the ,current boundaries of community governance .technology, architecture, and construction.


In 2012 we completed a concept study for the sustainability plan of the neighborhood, which helped the local community win the tender for the plot of water where the Schoonschip site will be located. After this we have  organized a series of community sessions where we presented our sustainability concepts and gathered input on how the community wished to see their future homes. We worked with space&matter, the architect and urban planner for the project, who designed the urban plan for the site, which we used to pre-calculate and set the goals for energy demand and consumption for space heating, electricity, and hot water in the kavelpaspoorts for each household. After each homeowner have received their individual kavelpaspoort, they will be able to design and build their house. Construction will start in January, 2017.


We developed a comprehensive sustainability masterplan with goals in nine key areas: energy, water, materials, ecosystems and biodiversity, circular and smart, economic and financial, health and well-being, social and governance, food and nutrients. For each of the 47 households we produced a kavelpaspoort – a document that sets strict requirements for how the houseboats must be designed to meet these goals, and a design guide with recommendations on how to achieve them.