Initiated by Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts is a flexible design and development framework merging hybrid urban programmes. Participatory, sustainable and adaptable, Superlofts offers its members the freedom to personalise their ‘raw space’ interior, and exterior, and actively engages them from the outset to co-create the building and its shared spaces to form a global co-living community.
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. As an adaptable framework it responds to the unique opportunities of each different site. Each Superlofts integrates the latest sustainable technologies that support efficient and healthy buildings in the long term.
A prefabricated concrete structure provides a framework of three- to six-metre-high modules that can be flexibly combined into housing blocks, slabs, high-rises or townhouses. Members can choose a ‘raw space’ loft to design and build themselves or customise an existing floor plan, with the potential to combine mixed functions (work/living/making/hospitality). This results in a rich diversity of loft types in every building. A simple but strong expression of the concept, the facades juxtapose fixed grids with customised exterior infills, resulting in robust, lively buildings that reflect the diversity of their communities.
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. Its dynamic mix of loft types promotes a new diverse, inclusive and open residential concept with a mixed community. It becomes a small-scale community in the city where people share spaces and resources to move from ownership to access.
Superlofts offers a blank canvas for experimentation: for starters in the broadest sense to be able to afford their unique ambitions and as urban catalysts. Different loft sizes (e.g XS to XL) cater to differing needs and budgets. Its hybrid work/living programme appeals to a growing community of individuals, often with creative and entrepreneurial mindsets, who live new hybrid lifestyles with specific spatial demands not met by conventional housing – this also generates new informal economies within Superlofts communities. This active community, combined with a dynamic mixed-use programme, enforces the building as a catalyst for urban development on under-utilised sites.
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 luxury (XL) to affordable (XS) housing. With five Superlofts completed in Amsterdam (Buiksloterham and Houthaven) and Utrecht, three projects under construction in Groningen, Amsterdam and Delft and seven international sites in development, the aim is to connect all Superlofts, and their members, into one 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
Shortlisted – Royal Institute of Dutch Architects: Overall Best Building in the Netherlands ‘18
Superlofts in the media:
Je meldt je aan als geïnteresseerde in een zoeklocatie. We doen – op basis van woonwensen van geïnteresseerden – een haalbaarheidsstudie. Er is nog geen ontwerp.
Je neemt een optie op een plek in een bouwgroep in oprichting. De kavel is beschikbaar en we werken samen aan het schetsontwerp voor het gebouw.
Je bent lid van een bouwgroep. Je hebt nu ook reservering op een bouwnummer. we werken samen aan het definitief ontwerp.
Je hebt je loft gekocht. Samen met de bouwgroep en Superlofts regelen we de bouwaanvraag en start de bouw.
Je woont in jouw Superlofts. Je deelt je gebouw met de buren en als je dat wenst inspiratie met andere Superloft members.