This Dutch floating village could help tackle city-density and sea-level challenges
- Living on water is a reality for more than 100 people in Amsterdam’s Schoonschip neighbourhood.
- It has 46 sustainable homes across 30 water plots.
- Population density and climate change is increasing interest in alternative accommodation options, including opening up underground spaces.
Amsterdam’s floating neighbourhood of Schoonschip is home to 105 residents who live in 46 homes on 30 water plots.
Image: Schoonschip/Isabel Nabuurs
With cities running out of space and rising sea levels predicted to put 800 million city dwellers at risk by 2050, more of us may have to get used to living on water.
One nation adapting to this challenge is the Netherlands, where more than a quarter of the country already lies below sea level.
In Amsterdam, the capital city, residents have created a visionary floating neighbourhood called Schoonschip – Dutch for “clean ship”.
“Since urban areas struggle with high density, we should make better use of the space on the water,” says one of the architects, Space&Matter.
“With Schoonschip we want to set the example, and show how living on water can be a great and better alternative for people and our planet.”