Sustainable living

Buildings to live in

SEM Hoofddorp

January 2030: You live in a circularly designed building with lots of light, air and green, sustainable natural materials and generous spaces that capture your imagination. You use the shared facilities offered in the building where you live. This saves money but also space in your own home. For example, you not only share a car but also a guest room, office spaces for working from home and practical things like a drill. Everyone treats the shared facilities with care, not only because the landlord acts as a caretaker but also because most people know each other. In fact, the building is designed in such a way that neighbourhoods are created naturally. As a result, you know your neighbours and you feel part of the community. You can hardly imagine that it was so different less than 10 years ago. Back then there was a lot of loneliness in cities, people lived in poorly ventilated buildings made of toxic materials, we had balconies of 4m2 with more concrete than green. Fortunately, it's all different now!

From residential building to a living building

The residential building of the future is so much more than a place to live. It facilitates a growing need to arrange our day more flexibly. You can work, play sports, get together and relax. Of course, there is still space to retreat to your own home. But we no longer see the classic separation of functions such as home, office, hospitality and recreation. This calls for flexible buildings that are future-proof so that they can accommodate a diversity of functions. Not only now but also in the future.

Build for 200 years

For this reason, we design buildings within mind that they should remain valuable for 200 years. That's why we design with excess in the structures and shafts, always start with low-tech solutions, and choose our materials carefully. We learn from buildings built in the past and apply what has proven successful. In doing so, we make use of our own, 100-year-old, archive. Our goal is to design buildings that are beautiful and remain so, that have a positive impact on the environment and on the people who use the building. Simple but effective.

A light and breathable jacket

For this reason, the residential buildings we designed are buildings that allow plenty of daylight to enter. They are built with materials that are non-toxic and Cradle 2 Cradle certified. They have outdoor spaces that are green and provide living space. As a result, the home is human-like like a light and breathable jacket.

If a residential building is future-proof and sustainable
and the building contributes to the happiness and health of its residents,
then our mission is accomplished.