Tranche 1 is sold out! We now opened the last tranche of the bond campaign.
Photo: Richard Mouw
What is a "housing coƶperative"?
Collectively owning and building housing
A housing cooperative is a coalition of people who desire to manage their own houses in a social way, guided by the needs of the collective. As members of a housing cooperative in formation, we will collectively buy a piece of land or an existing building, join forces in designing our new dwelling and again collectively build and maintain our property. An important aspect here is that on idealistic grounds no profit will be made at the cost of the tenants, that is, the members of the cooperative.

In both Germany and Switzerland this form of housing is already widely deployed as a means to ease the pressure on the housing market, to help it become a little more healthy. The municipality of Amsterdam is now also active in this field, and sets out to realize 40.000 houses of the cooperative kind by 2040, making up about 10% of new construction up to that year. The recently published Actieplan wooncoƶperaties clearly outlines the municipality's ambition in this matter.
ALV in Museum het Kromhout (Foto Ina Klamer)
Housing cooperative de Torteltuin
How do we want to live later in life? This question planted the first seed for de Torteltuin. The answer: more affordable, social and green than what we can find in Amsterdam at the moment. What we want does not exist yet - so we will build it ourselves, as a collective.

Because we view ownership over houses neither as the holy grail for individuals, nor as a sustainable model for society, we are doing this as housing cooperative: development, usage and management are in the hands of the actual group of cohabitants. The appartements which we are building are going to be protected against the vagaries of the market with a fixed, low rent - a house is after all a basic right, not a tool to invest. Next to that our future house will be a beacon for communal living: we will share a lot of facilities with each other and we are making democratic decisions on the running of the housing cooperative. And all of this within the realms of a energy-neutral, climate-proof and nature-inclusive building! Because by looking further than the moment when the building will be finished, we are looking at the long term value that our housing cooperative can create for her inhabitants and her neighbourhood.

From the first brainstorm in januari 2020 we have come far:
In 2022 de Torteltuin has signed an agreement with the municipality for the development of a plot on
Centrumeiland, IJburg, in Amsterdam. In October 2023 we got the loan of the Stimuleringsfonds! Big time to celebrate because now we can start to work on the final design of our building together with Natrufied Architecture.
Also we are going to work on the bond campaign in the upcoming months and the start of construction is planned for the beginning of 2025.
Tortels en guest at the successfull dinner of the donation campaign at de Sering
Bond campaign
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