Communal purchase of food, in order to minimalize refuse and transportation, and to support local organic farmers.
Floating gardens where we can grow our own herbs and relax while the children play.
An efficient system for sharing 30 parking spaces and cars to the benefit of 46 households.
A community center for meetings, yoga classes, film screenings, and other activities.
A floating Film and Food Festival.
Excursions for school children and adults who are interested in living sustainably on water.
Here you can read about the preparations that brought us to where we are now.
2008: Television producer Marjan de Blok interviews Pauline Westendorp, who at that time manages the autarkic ‘geWoonboot’, and becomes tremendously inspired by this form of self-sufficient life on the water. This sparks her idea to start a collective citizens’ initiative. That same evening, Thomas Sykora joins as a co-initiator. Marjan and Thomas write down their plans on an A4 page and soon manage to find like-minded enthusiasts for their plans.
Click here for a video with the initiators, which broadcaster VPRO made in 2012.
Foundation Schoonschip is granted a subsidy from the ‘Steering Group Experiments Public Housing’ and therewith involves consultancy ‘De Regie’ to help with getting sturdy plans on paper. With this plan, the foundation receives a loan from the Province of North Holland. Marjan: 'That night, after we had been working on the plan for a year and a half, we drank our first bottle of champagne.'
After a two year search for a suitable location, Schoonschip designates the Johan van Hasseltkanaal in Buiksloterham as the ideal location to pioneer and make dreams come true.
space&matter and Waterloft.nl launch a feasibility study at the location.
Phase 1 consists of designing a feasible plan that meets the needs and goals of the group. During this phase, the participants commit themselves by signing a manifesto, filling out a detailed questionnaire and paying a financial deposit.
In Phase 2, the plans from Phase 1 were made concrete and adjusted to the Johan van Hasseltkanaal and to the tender requirements as defined by the municipality of Amsterdam-Noord. Metabolic separately performs a feasibility study in the field of sustainability: a comprehensive solution for both Schoonschip and the neighboring cleantech playground ‘De Ceuvel’.
Schoonschip wins the audience award of the P-Nuts Awards, the annual award for local and renewable energy initiatives. The project also took the 2nd prize in the category Twynstra Gudde Nieuwe Nuts Award, and the 2nd prize in the category P-nuts Mooiste Idee Award (Most Beautiful Idea Award)!
Schoonschip submits its plan for the tender Buiksloterham. The key moment in the life history of the project. All feasibility studies are summarized in an eight-page document.
Schoonschip wins the tender of Amsterdam-Noord (Amsterdam-North)!
Maarten van Poelgeest, alderman of Amsterdam at the time: "Buiksloterham in North Amsterdam is developing into an area with much attention for sustainability and own initiative. The build-it-yourself initiative of Schoonschip fits in completely. In a few years, a unique Amsterdam neighborhood with floating homes will emerge under their leadership, built with an eye for people and the environment."
Program Manager Joost Reus of ‘InnovatieNetwerk’ (Innovation Network): "Schoonschip is an initiative that pulls out all the stops to close cycles to conserve energy and to produce renewable energy, heat and food. Schoonschip is going further in this than any other project in the field of sustainable construction and urban farming that I know."
GridFriends, a Dutch/German consortium including the centre for Maths and Information Science of the University of Amsterdam, the Fraunhofer Institut and the Dutch company Spectral Utilities, is awarded a European subsidy for a research project that sets new standards in smart grid technologies.
GridFriends wants to implement advanced smart grid platforms in Schoonschip and in a CO2-neutral housing complex in Cologne simultaneously, with which local cooperatives can maximize their self-sufficiency. Smart appliances and other up-to-date technology to support production, storage and mutual exchange of energy.
Applications for the building permit for the construction of the floating homes and collective pier submitted! The municipality will assess whether the projects comply with the urban plan and if all requirements are met in terms of fire safety and construction.
Over the years, many group meetings have been organized in various inspiring places like the geWoonboot. These meetings were intended to provide information and form a close-knit group. Over the years, the composition of the group changed, but the interest continued to grow.
(Photo: Manon van der Zwaal)
Thomas Sykora (filmmaker, photographer, sustainable enterpreneur):
I asked my mother and her friend Paul to join me, and then my uncle Theo. Partly due to financial reasons, but also with the thought in mind: If I would get children of my own, my family can take care of them every now and then. And on the other hand I can help them when things get tough for them.
(Photo: Manon van der Zwaal)
Markus Schmid (campaigner WISE):
We have chosen to build with straw. You literally put straw bales in the walls of your house. As far as we know this has never been done before on a floating house. But it will defenitely not become a hobbit house. Our architect Hans Kuijpers was inspired by modern Japanese architecture.
(Photo: Manon van der Zwaal)
Matthijs Bourdrez (sustainable engineer):
I really look forward to the possibilities that living at Schoonschip will offer. I promise: living sustainably can give you a tremendous kick. Think of driving electric cars of taking a shower under a renewable shower. And all this comfort without a monthly energy bill!
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