Student Container Housing (Amsterdam)
June 18, 2019
One of the innovative housing projects we knew we had to visit while in Amsterdam is the famous Keetowen Project, the largest and first ever student housing development in the world, built from shipping containers.
We stopped by for a quick tour, and were also able to speak with Quinten de Gooijer of Tempo Housing, the firm that designed and managed the installation of the 1034 containers to form this pre-fab development. The project consists of 1,000 container living units, a laundry, a small supermarket, a bike repair shop and a restaurant spread over a land area of about 4.5 acres [1.8 hectares (300 by 60 meters)]. This unique project came out of a demand for urgent student housing on a budget. After 3 years of engineering, designing, and planning, the complex was built in less than a year, starting in September 2005, with completion in May 2006 (an average of 150 units per month). The costs per unit for Tempohousing were approximately 20,000 Euros, excluding tax, but including the stairways, balconies, galleries and the connections to the electricity, water and gas network. The development was intended to stay at its current location for just 5 years, but with the economic downturn occurring, it is only now being relocated more than 10 years later. At the time of opening, each unit rented for approximately 400 euros/month.
Let’s take a look at them:
There are 4 clusters of 180 homes remaining and for sale. Each cluster is 5 stories high, with exterior stairs and a courtyard for bike parking and entertaining. Each home is just under 300 SF (7.4’ x 38.8’ on the interior) and unit has its own patio or porch, just big enough for a table and chairs to enjoy the mild climate.
So what happens to them now? 249 homes have already been relocated and rebuilt in Groningen (link to learn more). The remaining 750 are up for sale at a fraction of the original cost, together with the stairwells, 2 office buildings, the supermarket and cafe. If you are interested, they are selling groups of at least 20, but they recommend purchasing a whole cluster of 180. Keep in mind these were built to the European building code, so adaptations may be required if relocated outside of Amsterdam!
So what would you do with stackable container homes? Tell us in comments!
On to our next adventure!