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First batch of wooden homes for teachers and families installed in Amsterdam

First batch of wooden homes for teachers and families installed in Amsterdam

The lack of affordable housing contributes to a teacher shortage in the Dutch capital

The first batch of a total of 61 fully wooden cubic rental homes was placed in Amsterdam’s “do it yourself” district Centrumeiland, the city website reported yesterday. As many as 30 of them will be affordable housing, reserved for teachers and care workers - part of the city’s actions to address the major teacher shortage.

Sustainable homes for teachers and families

The wooden homes are produced in a factory and delivered to Amsterdam from Uden. They come ready to live in and only need to be stacked in the right place with a crane, which makes assembly very fast. Moreover, according to the developer, the impact on the location they are installed at is minimal, with reduced noise pollution levels.

The Juf Nienke building project previews the construction of 61 fully wooden homes, half of which are intended for people who work in education, healthcare or safety. The target group is mostly teachers as the lack of suitable housing causes a major teacher shortage in Amsterdam.

The other 31 homes are meant as private sector rental homes for families. The units will vary in size from a compact studio of 47 m2 to a spacious single-family home of 156 m2.

The idea is for the Juf Nienke building to be fully circular. First, it will use only sustainable and recycled materials. Second, it will have a thermal energy storage system, solar panels on the roof with greenery for enhanced water retention. One of the ways the retained water will be used – to flush toilets. Moreover, there will even be bat boxes to increase biodiversity.

The entire building should be ready by the end of June 2022. It is located in Centrumeiland (Center island) - a “DYI” island under construction in Amsterdam. It will house about 1500 new homes, for the most part built by their future owners. The last residential units there should be completed by 2029. The total area is about 15 hectares – the equivalent of 23 football fields.

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