Canvas

Woonpioniers has developed a number of building systems that make personal, circular and bio based architecture obtainable for a broad range of private clients. Currently we are working on a system, called Canvas, in which we elevate these same principle to the level of collective, stacked residential buildings. For this we recently received an innovation subsidy.

Woonpioniers design green buildings and connected neighborhoods. Together with our clients: ambitious private individuals, collectives, corporations and developers. From custom and small to scalable architectural concepts. Always looking at our place in the bigger picture.

Selected projects

Woonco.org

Private individuals who take matters into their own hands together and develop sustainable living environments, that's powerful stuff! And an opportunity to work on the Dutch housing shortage in a qualitative way. Woonco.org is our most recent initiative. A multidisciplinary partnership of enthusiastic designers and builders specialized in collective development.

Tiny Village Rentree

At a unique location in Deventer, close to the river IJssel, Woonpioniers designed eight 'tiny' social rental homes and a community building in a lush garden. Not only in consultation with our client Rentree, but with the future residents themselves as well. This project will be completed in 2022.

Panorama Lokaal

The Dutch housing market is constipated. The housing supply is unilateral, house prices are skyrocketing and the flow through has come to a halt. Can collective housing projects hold the key to the transformation of a neighbourhood as a whole? As a finalist of the Panorama Lokaal design competition, together with Werkend Landschap and De Bewuste Stad, we explored this scenario for the Bargeres district in Emmen.

EO Wijers

How can we use the housing task as a flywheel to revitalize rural areas? As finalists of EO Wijers 2020, we call for the development of inclusive, contemporary housing programs on the yards of vacant agricultural companies (VABs). It is precisely by thinking radically locally and by creating 'land links' that opportunities arise for neighbouring farmers and nature.

GRASP

To get a better grip on the ecological impact of building and living, we developed an innovative 'footprint calculator'. Based on scientific data, GRASP provides an interactive and visual insight into the complex footprint of building and living for all parties involved in the development process. Subsequently GRASP shows how to sustainably reduce and convert this impact locally.

Interview op Deltametropool
Buitendelen

Work in progress! Can CPO projects (collective private developers) have a positive impact on rural areas? Buitendelen, an initiative of three 'firestarters', proves it! Woonpioniers has developed a type of barn house for and with them, that brings the outside in, and delivers energy for the entire project.

Young Innovators

In “Via low-tech to Paris” we show how renovating large inner city buildings can be used as a flywheel for a broader (energy) transition. By focussing on passive solutions, often based on ancient, simple principles, local resources and extreme user-specific interventions.

Floriade 2022

We believe that a circular and biobased construction economy starts with a resilient landscape, from which sustainably can be harvested, generation after generation. In addition to a showcase of scalable applications from wetland cultivation, the DI-X pavilion (Dutch Innovation Experience) for the Floriade 2022 is an example of biophilic design; through spatial and sensory experiences  the visitor is reconnected with an inherent love for life. We designed DI-X together with, among others, GG-loop.

Hoorneboeg

Estate de Hoorneboeg connects people with themselves, each other and nature. To the monumental character of the existing buildings Woonpioniers adds small-scale, multifunctional architecture, all with great care for the environment.

Markerwadden

Natuurmonumenten, the largest Dutch nature conservation organization, commissioned a competition for the design of a public 'settlement' to be realized at a newly created eco reserve, called Marker Wadden, in Holland's Markermeer. We enrolled in cooperation with Civic Architects and were placed 2nd. 

South House

What do the current environmental issues, including global warming, mean for the way we build and live? And how, within architecture, do we respond with vision to the energy transition? We explored these questions in designing South House.

CLT Rhenen

We designed this house for Gertjan and Margriet and their children. It is located in Rhenen, overlooking the river Nederrijn. Each window in this house is specifically designed for a particular view and a large loft further brings the outside in. The facade is designed in such a way that it becomes naturally overgrown over time.

Sprout

Sprout combines a well-insulated base with a spacious greenhouse: this provides affordable square meters, energetic benefits and extra living comfort. We offer a number of compact base models up to fifty square meters and larger models that we can totally customise for you.

Indigo

Elementary studio or fully equipped family home; together with you we can customise your own Indigo. Every Indigo is unique yet belongs to the same elegant, and moreover bio based family.

Video van de opbouw
Berlijnplein

This 'makers house' can adapt to the (yet unclear) plans for a more permanent cultural settlement at the Berlijnplein in Utrecht. It consist of multiple CLT (cross laminated timber) units which can be transported, re-assembled, composed differently and expanded with additional units. Finally, at the end of their lifespan, most materials can be easily separated and for the most part be gobbled up by nature.

Tiny House Schotland

In 2015 we built one of the first Tiny Houses on w

Wheels in the Netherlands. In this way we became part of a movement that would grow out much bigger and essentially is about freedom, connection, health and inspiration.

Hermit Houses

It all started with these fellows; they started our search for healthy, personal and smart prefab building systems. As an open source design principle that anyone could play around with online, the Hermit Houses were an early example of mass customization.