Housing projects


Following on from the self-help and housing struggle movements since the 1970s, housing projects want to confront conventional housing policy with alternatives that are "colourful, lateral and different". The goals are manifold, including the revitalization of the cooperative movement in the sense of self-management and self-initiative (long-term withdrawal of housing from the speculative and hereditary stream); the promotion of housing satisfaction through more identification with the apartment and the living environment; the promotion of resident participation in the planning and management of housing; the development of self-determined neighborhoods to promote solidarity and build social networks.

Quite a few sustainable settlements have either emerged from a housing project group or have been organised as part or as a whole as a housing project. There are numerous portals about housing projects. This web directory includes in particular projects which, in addition to the social and community aspects, have also implemented or want to implement ecologically more far-reaching objectives.


Sorted by size (residential units) in descending order.
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Number of projects displayed: 48

    Wooden housing estate in Prinz Eugen Park

    Size: 566 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    81927 Munich: Germany's largest contiguous timber housing estate with 566 apartments in timber or timber hybrid construction has been built in the Oberföhring district. Different building types up to 7-storey houses were built in timber construction. The approx. 30-hectare site of the former Prinz Eugen barracks is located in district 13 - Bogenhausen. The apartments were realized by building communities, cooperatives, municipal and independent developers, allowing a wide range of offers for a wide variety of housing needs: for rent and ownership, in different building types, for all household sizes and income groups and alternative forms of housing. Completion: 2020



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    ecovillage Hanover

    Size: 500 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    30539 Hanover Kronsberg: adjacent to the Expo-Settlement Hanover-Kronsberg the "ecovillage Kronsberg" is to be built. The sponsor is the cooperative ecovillage hannover e.G., which was founded in 09/2019 and today (02/2021) already has 555 members. The cooperative will purchase the 49,300 m² site from the City of Hannover in February 2021; construction planning is in full swing.



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    Möckernkiez eG Berlin

    Size: 471 units; 35659 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    MoeckernKiez-110965 Berlin: Cooperative for self-managed, social and ecological living eG. In the Möckernkiez model project, 471 residential units were created in 14 residential buildings. They were built according to the passive house standard and ecological building criteria. 0.21 parking spaces per unit. Property size: 30,000 m². It is barrier-free throughout and designed to be free of car traffic at the neighbourhood level. The Möckernkiez is located directly adjacent to the southeastern entrances of the Park am Gleisdreieck. Completion: 2018



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    Permaculture settlement "EVA Lanxmeer" in Culemborg

    Size: 240 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    NL - Culemborg: With 240 houses, it is the largest permaculture settlement in Europe and worldwide. It was built with the aim of living there in the most environmentally friendly and self-managed way possible. The founder Marleen Kaptein was convinced from the beginning that people should have the opportunity to shape their environment and take responsibility. Completion: 2009



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    Old foundry, Winterthur

    Size: 155 WE; m² living space; 17050 m² usable space; m² common areas

    CH - Winterthur: The multi-generation house Giesserei is located in Oberwinterthur, in the city centre Neuhegi directly at the Eulachpark. It has 155 apartments with 1½ to 9 rooms, 11 joker rooms (including 3 guest rooms) and 14 commercial businesses, including a restaurant, a branch of the Winterthur City Library, two art galleries and a music centre. The 8 communal rooms include a large hall for internal and public events, 2 common rooms, 2 wash bars, a music practice room and 3 workshops. The buildings are constructed in ecological timber construction and meet the Minergie-P-Eco standard. With only 0.2 parking spaces per apartment and 480 bicycle stands, the Giesserei is considered a car-free development. Site area: 11 000 m². Completion: 2013



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    Allmende Wulfsdorf

    Size: 110 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    22926 AhrensburgSite area: 6.4 ha; 15 houses with 1 - 14 flats with high ecological standard (110 flats); 40% of the built-up area used for commercial purposes. Largest residential project with living and working in Schleswig-Holstein. Completion: 2012



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    Tempelhof Palace with Earthship

    Size: 100 WE; 1850 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    Photos: Kerstin Meyer

    74594 Kreßberg: "Schloss Tempelhof" is a grassroots community that has existed in northern Baden-Württemberg since 2010. Almost 150 residents live on the 30-hectare village site. The ecovillage community is expected to grow to 300 residents. The community practices solidarity agriculture according to permaculture principles. There are jobs in a market garden, animal husbandry, cheese dairy, beekeeping, bakery and in the kitchen. Others have been created in the seminar business, the building sector, the administration and in the Free Montessori School.



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    Building and housing cooperative "Kraftwerk1" in Zurich

    Size: 100 residential units; 9251 m² living space; m² usable space; 175 m² common areas

    CH - 8005 Zurich: 100 apartments in 4 buildings with a total floor space of 11866 m². Infrastructure in the neighbourhood: restaurant, hairdresser, flower and fruit shop, a consumer depot with organic vegetables (opening hours in the off-peak hours), the "Pantoffelbar" with drinks around the clock, a guest room and a large common room with kitchen on the roof. The "Hardturm Settlement" as it is called by the "Kraftwerk 1" building and housing cooperative, which according to common definition would be called a quarter due to the building density and the mix of uses, is located in the Zurich West district. Completion: Completion: 2001



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    MIKA eG

    Size: 86 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    76149 Karlsruhe-Nordstadt: MIKA stands for "Tenants Initiative Karlsruhe", barracks conversion with a lot of own work. 86 flats, completion: 1999



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    Beguinage

    Size: 85 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    28201 Bremen: A housing and economic project for women. Women from different generations and life situations live and manage under one roof to increase the quality of their everyday life. Realisation under Feng Shui and Geomancy aspects. Expo 2000 project. Completion: 2001



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    Ro70 eG housing project in Weimar

    Size: 76 WE; 6900 m² living space; m² usable space; 620 m² common areas

    99425 Weimar: In the cooperative "Wohnprojekt Ro70 eG" committed people have come together to transform a former hospital in Weimar into Thuringia's largest intergenerational housing project to transform. As of 2020, nearly 130 adults and 70 children live here together in a vibrant neighborhood. Completion: 2020



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    Building group Stadt & Frau Rieselfeld

    Size: 67 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    View_from_the_playground79111 Freiburg-Rieselfeld (Project No. 2): 67 apartments, 3 commercial units. Extensive consideration of gender aspects, barrier-free construction, common use of various rooms, spacious arcades. Mixing: in the first building mainly single mothers, in the second building young families and in the third building a mixed resident structure. Construction: 1996 - 2001



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    Living together in the Carmel Monastery

    Size: 66 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    dsc_340553229 Bonn: Conversion of a former monastery building with 29 residential units, a community room and 2 offices. Complementary new development with 16 terraced houses and a multi-family house with 21 flats (total: 66 flats), plot: approx. 10,000 m². Completion: 2003



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    Aegidienhof" social housing project in Lübeck

    Size: 63 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; 207 m² common areas

    23552 Lübeck: At the time, the Aegidienhof was the largest social housing project in Schleswig-Holstein. Here, young and old, people without and with disabilities, single people and families, live and work together in a new urban mix. The architectural firm Meyer Steffens Architekten+Stadtplaner BDA carefully renovated and converted twelve different old town houses around a large common courtyard in the complex around the Aegidienhof, which is significant in terms of architectural and cultural history. The result is 65 apartments as well as 9 studios, practices, offices, workshops and a café. Completion (modernization): 2003



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    "Village in the city" in Heidenheim

    Size: 63 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    VillagefinderCity_logo89518 Heidenheim: 63 units of intergenerational living in the city with high ecological standards. The first residents moved in in 2004. By the end of 2009, just over 100 people from babies to the elderly were already living in the project. The group of houses is located on the outskirts of Heidenheim, rich in forests and meadows, in the direct vicinity of a Demeter farm.



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    Climate protection settlement "Am Kornweg

    Size: 60 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    hh-borstel22769 Hamburg-Klein Borstel: 60 residential units, usable floor space 2,820 m2, approx. 160 inhabitants, car-free settlement with food co-op, bicycle fleet, bicycle city and car sharing. Number of parking spaces: 0.2 cars/WE. Planning: NeuStadtArchitekten (Hamburg). Completion date: 2008



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    we-house.life Baakenhafen Quarter (Hamburg)

    Size: 52 WE; 3800 m² living space; m² usable space; 470 m² common areas

    Photos: Eble Messerschmidt Partner20457 Hamburg Baakenhafen: the eight-storey townhouse in Hamburg's Hafencity will be realised with 52 apartments as an ecological-social whole organism for approx. 180 residents. The consistent ecological orientation of the building concept ensures a low ecological footprint over the entire life cycle: solid wood construction (board stacks), solar power systems on the façade and roof, water and biomass circulation systems with grey water recycling and terra preta production, intensive façade greening and the greenhouse for growing vegetables on the roof. The design was awarded first prize in the we-house Baakenhafen realisation competition. Completion: 2023



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    Hamburg Hafenstrasse

    Size: 50 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    20359 Hamburg: Renovation of old buildings and ecological everyday design in one of the most famous formerly occupied houses in Europe.



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    Women's housing and building cooperative

    Size: 49 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    81829 Munich-Riem: 49 apartments, common rooms as well as a commercial unit, ultra-low energy house with passive house standard, controlled living space ventilation, barrier-free planning



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    Residential project Rittergut Mydlinghoven

    Size: 45 WE; 5500 m² living space; m² usable space; 1000 m² common areas

    logo-we-from-good40629 Dusseldorf: Multi-generational project "Alternative living - naturally together on the estate with 45 apartments, many communal areas and a co-working space. The facility operator is "Wir vom Gut eG". Core renovation 1998. Completion: 2018



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    S.U.S.I.

    Size: 45 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    79100 Freiburg-Vauban (Project No. 1): 285 adults, children and young people in 45 flats which are mainly divided into shared flats. Former barracks buildings converted with a lot of own work, modelled on the Cherysee barracks in Constance; creation of low-cost living space; biodiesel CHP local heat supply, clay interior plastering, cellulose insulation etc., partly very large shared flats; food coop, first occupancy after renovation with ecological building materials: 1993.



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    Wohnsinn eG Darmstadt

    Size: 39 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    64289 Darmstadt-Kranichstein: K6 Wohnsinn eG: Passive house residential project. Completion: 2005



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    New Ways" housing project

    Size: 38 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    Photo: Johann Hartl, 3/2017

    86150 Augsburg: Hausgemeinschaft Neue Wege, 38 flats. The Augsburg model project takes into account different life situations and ages and is able to vary apartments according to changed needs. Occupancy: 2000



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    Genova eG

    Size: 37 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    genova-DSCN015979100 Freiburg-Vauban (project no. 4): 37 units, new building on former barracks site, compact construction, solar energy systems, low-energy standard, combined heat and power plant, completion: 1999



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    Multigenerational housing project Amaryllis eG

    Size: 32 WE; 2700 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    53229 Bonn Vilich-Müldorf: 32 units, multi-generation residential project, number of parking spaces 0.5 PkWs/WE, completion: 2008



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    Intergenerational housing project "Hof Pries" in Kiel

    Size: 31 units; 2500 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    24159 Kiel-Pries: In 7 buildings around a car-free courtyard of approx. 6,500 m², a total of 27 apartments between approx. 40 and approx. 125 m² living space and a community house with a grass roof, as well as an organic food store in an existing building have been created in a space-saving architecture. Four of the buildings are new constructions, in the other two buildings old building substance was redeveloped. Completion: 2003



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    Inclusion meets ecology" housing project in Soest

    Size: 29 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    59494 Soest: 29 units, legal form: cooperative and WEG, architecture: Oliver Marxen (Soest). Completion: 2016



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    Residential yard Maintal-Hochstadt

    Size: 29 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    Streets_View63477 Maintal-Hochstadt: 29 WEs, architecture: Baufrösche (Kassel). Completion: 1993



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    Housing project "Dragon building

    Size: 28 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    20099 HamburgDrachenbau St. Georg Wohngenossenschaft eG, in 4 buildings 28 residential units + 1 commercial unit, approx. 66 residents, first occupancy: 1988



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    Caroline-Herschel-Straße Wogeno München eG

    Size: 28 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    81829 Munich, Messestadt Riem: 28 apartments, including 6 maisonettes, in 2 houses, low-energy construction. Completion 2001



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    WohnMichel in Michendorf

    Size: 25 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    14552 Michendorf: Plot: 17,000 m², three houses in the 1st construction phase as two-storey apartment buildings and 500 m² living space each with eight or nine apartments. Together 25 WEs. Completion: 2019



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    Building community "Laubendorf

    Size: 25 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    40625 Dusseldorf: The initiative "Wohnen mit Kindern e.V." (Living with Children) is planning its fourth community housing project in the Düsseldorf city area with 23 residential units. The association has already successfully realized a cooperative-oriented project on Otto-Petersen Straße (1995) as well as two condominium projects in Gerresheim, qbus (2013) and wmk3 (2017). The association aims to create attractive and affordable housing for families with children in particular. All projects realized to date have been planned and occupied by residents in different life situations and are thus genuine multigenerational housing projects. In September 2020, the construction group purchased a plot in the Quellenbusch development area in Gerresheim. Planned completion: approx. 2022



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    Housing project at Bornseck

    Size: 24 flats; 1900 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    22926 Ahrensburg: 24 flats on 7,000 sqm plot, owners' association, KfW 40 standard, wood pellet heating and solar thermal system, ecologically safe building materials (free of asbestos, CFC, PCB and as far as possible PVC). Completion: 2007



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    Anders Wohnen eG Bremen

    Size: 23 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    28199 Bremen-Alte Neustadt: Architecture: Joachim Reinig (Hamburg), 23 flats, no parking spaces, common rooms, flexible floor plans, barrier-free development concept, wheelchair accessible flats on the ground floor, completion: 1995



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    WEG "Am Rundling

    Size: 22 WE; 2309 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    dream of life12487 Berlin-Johannisthal: 20 houses with 22 residential units (KfW 40-60) for 70 small and large people, ecological housing project. Number of parking spaces: 0.3 PkWs/WE, 100 m² solar collectors (50 kW), 23 kW photovoltaic system, 99 kW wood pellet system (with exhaust gas heat exchanger, downstream flue gas scrubber and condensate heat exchanger), 600 m³ grey water system, completion: 2007



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    buntStift" housing project

    Size: 21 WE; 1850 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    44892 Bochum: Multi-generation housing project in Bochum
    Completion: 2011
    Size: 21 WE

    Innovative elements:
    - Conversion of a vacant building into a multi-generation house
    - Ecologically sustainable structural concept and barrier-free living
    - Active promotion of neighbourly coexistence



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    Matzinger residential estate in Berlin-Neukölln

    Size: 21 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    12351 Berlin-Neukölln: Atrium-Living courts les Palétuviers, 21 WE, Arch. Fritz Matzinger, project address: Ibisweg 19. From originally 600 interested parties, two atrium houses were built for a housing cooperative for 21 people. Construction period: 1990 to 1992



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    Matzinger residential farm Dresden-Coschütz

    Size: 18 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    01_dresden01189 Dresden-Coschütz: 18 dwelling units, completion. 1999, residential courtyard according to Fritz Matzinger: especially in Austria there are a number of housing estates that were realized according to the Matzinger residential courtyard concept (see also "Offenau residential courtyards"). Wooden panel construction, a lot of own work, inexpensive.



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    Community housing estate "Alte Gärtnerei" in Kiel

    Size: 17 WE; 1612 m² living space; 2320 m² usable space; m² common areas

    24113 Kiel: Follow-up project of the "Moorwiesensiedlung". Residential project with 17 building parties in 7 houses in low-energy standard and in consideration of ecological building principles. Occupation: 1999



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    Matzinger residential homes Offenau

    Size: 16 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    74254_Offenau74254 Offenau: Residential courtyards according to the concept of Fritz Matzinger Austria; 2 x 8 dwelling units around two residential courtyards (31 adults/ 30 children), 200 m² residential courtyard with completely opening roof, common rooms: play corner, playground, common winter garden, bicycle storage rooms, visitors' room, sauna, common workshop; naturopathic doctor's practice; architect's office; accounting service; occupation: 1986. Karl Kübel Prize 1996



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    Group housing project "Am Horn 13

    Size: 13 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    Am-Horn-1399425 Weimar: Architect: Torsten Brecht, Weimar. 13 apartments, partly maisonettes, 55 m² - 135 m² living space in 1 old building + 3 new buildings. Completion: 1998



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    "Ufa- Factory" Berlin

    Size: 12 WE; 2000 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    logo-ufa-factory-berlin12105 Berlin-Tempelhof: former hippie commune, today internationally recognized cultural center and large employer in the district. 18,566 sqm, self-managed cultural project, exists since 1979.



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    Blue Living Yard in Wiesbaden

    Size: 11 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    wiesbaden-councillors55252 Wiesbaden: 11 apartments in 8 residential buildings. Mixed construction. Completion: 1996



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    Burscheid residential village project

    Size: 9 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    DSC_2702In-Entstehung_gr100px_200dpi51399 Burscheid: 7 out of 9 houses are realized in ecological timber construction so far. Architecture: Gabor Schneider (son of architect Prof. Schneider-Wessling). BDA recognition 2010



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    Housing project "Nestwerk

    Size: 9 units; 936 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    01326 Dresden-Pillnitz: 9 residential units, 40 residents. Ecological apartment buildings according to passive house standard. Architectural partnership Reiter and Rentzsch, Dresden. Occupation: 2001



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    Building society "e3

    Size: 8 WE; 987 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    10407 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg: 8 flats, living space: 987 m², first 7-storey wooden building in Germany, architecture: Kaden Klingbeil Architekten, clients: e3 Bau GbR, built: 2008



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    7-storey wooden building "c13

    Size: 7 WE; 2350 m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    c13_110405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg: Family, education and health centre. Usable area: 3,295 sqm (including basement), living area: 2,350 sqm. 7 WEs, other uses: Student housing, therapy and medical practices, painting studio, office space, family centre, restaurant, two event areas and KiTa. Construction costs: 6.5 million euros, architecture: Kaden Klingbeil Architekten. Client: Foundation for Christian Education, Values and Way of Life. Year of construction: 2013



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    Student residence Vaakerstrasse Kassel

    Size: 2 WE; m² living space; m² usable space; m² common areas

    34127 Kassel: Two buildings with 4 room flatshares each in loam and low-energy construction, transparent thermal insulation, high proportion of own work. Completion: 1995



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