Oi oi dear @reeflings!
[edited to correct the starting time]
Meeting with the architects on Thursday 8 September in the evening (details to be confirmed later).
Important meeting for everyone (though we’ll report back of course as we always do)
If you have any questions, please post them in the thread below.
Just a quick heads-up that we’ll be having a meeting with the architects (stekke + fraas) on Thursday 8 September around 18:00 in Brutopia (please come in time!).
This is an important meeting for everybody to learn more about a lot of aspects of The Reef: Who are the architects? How do they work? What should we think about for our individual units? What should we think about for the common spaces? … etc
Below you can find a list of questions that I sent them as a suggestion to structure the meeting, but this is of course just a first indicative list.
If you have any further questions, can you please post them in this thread? This way we can then restructure and bundle them so that we can make optimal use of the time.
1) Learning a bit more about Stekke + Fraas and the process of building a cohousing
Possible questions could include:
As architects, how do you generally like to work together with your cohousing clients?
Would you have a concise overview of the major milestones? Plus possibly things we should be aware of and prepare for?
The thing that Mark calls “le programme” (i.e. an approximate idea of the square meters + specifications for private units and common spaces): is there anything we should know about the format? Things we should pay attention to? …?
2) Enlightening us a bit more about the architectural aspects of a cohousing
Common spaces: in our charte fondatrice we have set out that we would like to have a lot of common spaces (300 m²), because we want The Reef to be a place of hospitality. Most of the details have yet to be filled in though. Would you be willing to give us your views on what works? What doesn’t work? Which considerations we have to make as a group? …?
Private units: my impression is that we struggle with picturing our own private units, e.g. how big it should be etc. Concrete example: I live in a 90 m² apartment that was built in the 1970s. Am I right in assuming that with current smart design techniques I could get the same comfort with 20% less space?
3) Having a quick look at The Reef’s ambition to build a building that is as sustainable and future-proof as possible
Depending on time I guess this part could also be tackled in a separate meeting, with Philippe and our Team Building.
Some questions (some of which are a bit urgent):
How will The Reef’s choice for future-proofing and sustainable building impact the budget? Note: by future-proofing we mean resilience to heat domes, heavy rain, power cuts and potable water shortages.
Which options exist? How can we approach this?
Would you be interested to join us to visit Schoonschip in Amsterdam?