The Superlofts Story: from a local project to an international adventure

Superlofts is a customisable co-living and development model based on modular and Open Building systems. Superlofts offers its members the freedom to customise or design their homes from scratch incorporating any hybrid function, and co-create shared spaces to build a global co-living community.
The concept was inspired by an MKA-designed residential retrofit, House like village, of an industrial harbour building in 2011, and was then applied to an experimental development called Casco Lofts located in the Houthavens, Amsterdam. The demand for this project was so high that MKA was awarded more plots in Houthavens, resulting to Superlofts. The project was a huge success despite being built at the height of the financial crisis in 2012. Soon after, new Superlofts were commissioned in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Almere. Currently, new Superlofts are being built in Amsterdam, Delft, Almere and Groningen and abroad, each project further improving the concept.
Superlofts are designed as Open Buildings that separate the permanent support structure from the temporary infills, utilising a flexible and open framework that easily adapts to changing cycles of use and maintenance. This facilitates a circular way of building and, importantly, contributes to resilient cities that can accommodate the changing urban programmes and lifestyles of the people who inhabit them. Each project integrates the latest sustainable technologies that support efficient and healthy buildings in the long term. A prefabricated concrete base structure provides a framework of three- to six-metre-high modules that can be flexibly combined into housing blocks, slabs, high-rises or townhouses. Our clients can customise each building into a unique configuration, with different loft types.
Superlofts provides new forms of shared living where people benefit from living together in an ‘urban village’, addressing the need for real social networks and a sense of belonging in a highly individualised society. The dynamic mix of loft types promotes a diverse, inclusive and open residential mixed community.
The ambition is to expand from a residential co-operative buyer’s model to a mixed-use and mixed ownership (rental and buyers) model, extending from XS apartments for young urban pioneers to XL homes for families, and connecting them into different countries. With five Superlofts completed, three projects under construction and seven international sites in research, the aim is to connect all Superlofts, and their members, into one dynamic global community.
Superlofts has recently won the:
WAN Award ’18 – Best Regional Residential Concept in Europe
WAF Award ’17 – Best Housing Concept in the World
WAF Award ’17 – Special Directors Award
Winner category Best Living Experience by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects: Best Building in the Netherlands ‘18
Superlofts in the media:
Dezeen
The Independent
archdaily
Inhabitat
Chroniques Architecture [France]
Le Courrier del Architecte [France]
Architektur [Germany]
BauNetz  [Germany]
SINA  [China]
gooood [Hong Kong]
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David & Marjanne
By davidtol
July 16, 2018

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Superlofts Blok Y wins category BNA Building of the Year

Superlofts Blok Y wins the prestigious 2018 BNA Building of the Year Award for the residential category! We are incredibly proud of this success and thank everyone who contributed to this innovative project.

May 18, 2018
Superlofts Delft Under Construction

Construction has just started on our most recent Superlofts project in Delft! Located on Graaf Floriskade, Superlofts Delft (Coendersbuurt) contains nine dwellings – eight Superlofts ranging from 70m2 – 110 m2 and a four-storey town house (155m2). With a low energy and all-electric approach without the use of gas, the building also incorporates solar panels on the roof.

This is the first Superlofts building that features a facade grid made of brick. Organised as a collective of private owners/clients (CPO) the project is a collaboration between the residents’ collective, Marc Koehler Architects, Stebru and the municipality of Delft.

According to one of the residents, “What makes the project so special is that we were able to design our dream house together with the architect.” Completion is anticipated for end 2018/beginning 2019. More updates to follow!

April 10, 2018

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