Schoonschip is an Amsterdam based building group who are developing their own sustainable floating neighbourhood. Houseboat 9 is one of the 30 houses, which space&matter designed and executed.
The sustainable ambition was extremely high from the start. An integrated strategy was developed, in which the energy, water and ventilation systems are fully optimized. The house works as a producer, trading its energy with Schoonschip's smart grid in the most efficient way. The water system is innovative, too. Rainwater is collected and used for flushing the toilets. Brown and black water will be separated and with a vacuum system transported to the quay. Due to high insulation value and the house’s orientation the energy demand is very low.
The houseboat has a concrete pontoon and a light wooden frame construction on top. This construction method reduces the building time of the raw building to 6 weeks. It was prefabricated offsite, the energy consumption and waste production were monitored and optimized already during the building process. A split-level in the ground floor allows the visual connection to the lower floor.