Habitat Sloterdijk Amsterdam
Habitat is an intergenerational tower. A community of people of all ages and stages of life, that fosters social sustainability through cultural diversity and openness. Starters, seniors, creative and innovative entrepreneurs, singles, couples, families and housing collectives live together. The different generations strengthen each other. In this way, seniors manage a shared garden, starters occupy flexible workplaces, families enjoy the play areas. Older residents babysit the children, young people do their shopping, children read books out aloud to the most elderly and neighbours take care of pets during holidays.
In order to facilitate all these lifestyles, the residential towers and plinth offer a new living concept: a vertical city in an ultra-flexible building whereby diverse types of housing and adaptability lead to a highly differentiated range of functions. A micro society that allows people to grow and that grows with them. Residents adapt their houses as required according to the phases of their lives. In this way Habitat offers a living environment that can adapt over time to dynamic city living and a changing housing demand.
Habitat functions as a social network. It facilitates informal spaces (third places) where people meet in a relaxed atmosphere, where people live, play, study, experience, relax, learn, share and create. Key places for socialising that invite residents to engage in making long-term social contacts. Habitat creates room for synergy between living cultures. For example, the upper ground level is a shared garden, the plinth is the backbone of facilities dedicated to meeting, relaxation and entrepreneurship, the conservatory is a central meeting place for residents and a reading garden.
Habitat is an economic catalyst that encourages favourable conditions for production and creation. With an exciting placemaking programme in place prior to construction and a smart plinth surrounding the building, urban development and new activities are activated. The plinth has a distinctive makers’ culture. The diverse, economic and creative dynamic creates a lively working and living environment. Sharing economy offers opportunities for new entrepreneurship, like sharing workspaces. An app connects residents, visitors and entrepreneurs together digitally so that they can share services and ideas, tapping into the opportunities of the new sharing economy.