Time to Access

Wooncoöperatie de Bundel

Solidarity housing under own management


Housing for people, not for profit.

De Bundel wants to provide housing for Amsterdammers living in precarious conditions, by not only offering them an affordable and stable home, but to also make them part of a community. A community which is strongly rooted in the area in which it surrounds itself. 



Housing cooperative de Bundel arose out of its concern about the housing crisis in Amsterdam. Amsterdammers are being pushed out of the city, young people can not find a home (or merely housing that is too expensive, with a temporary contract) and families that have been living in the city for generations see themselves being relocated to make room for new housing projects, fit for a new high-earning demographic.

From its initiation, de Bundel has made efforts to become rooted in the neighbourhood, by talking to different stakeholders and to shape the plans for the project together with neighbours. It is essential for de Bundel to largely consist of the group that it wants to develop homes for, namely; Amsterdammers who have lived a (majority) of their lives in Nieuw-West and find themselves in precarious housing conditions. .

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De Bundel is currently focused on a plot near the August Allebéplein, in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The neighbourhood in which it is located, Amsterdam Slotervaart, is a lively, but also a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood. Slotervaart used to be described as a no-go area, however, it has been attracting a lot of new developments in the last few years. This renewed interest in Slotervaart also has an effect on existing communities, as many social housing blocks are planned to be demolished to make room for more mid- and freesector rental units as well as expensive homes for sale. In these demolition/newly-built projects often only a small percentage of the original residents will be able to return to a new home in Amsterdam Slotervaart. It is within these circumstances that de Bundel operates.

De Bundel recognizes that as a housing cooperative, it has a responsibility to not only create a community for Amsterdammers living in precarious housing circumstances. But, it also has a responsibility and a platform to push for systemic change. De Bundel does this by joining forces with different neighbourhood groups, activists and residents to struggle against these forms of urban injustice and gentrification. De Bundel has done this by co-organizing a protest led by residents of neighbouring streets (de Piet Mondriaanstraat and Johan Greivestraat) against the proposed plans to demolish the social housing blocks in these streets. Also, through forming a new collective named Nieuw-West in Verzet with which another protest against gentrification in Nieuw-West was organised and through their manifesto a vision was proposed for a more just housing policy.

De Bundel is currently preparing to apply for a tender open for housing cooperatives. The desired building will consist of between 110 and 136 units. As the housing crisis is impacting people from all generations, the homes in de Bundel should be for all different phases of life as well, for young people, families, as well as elderly, with all their own matching facilities. Ideally there is a wide mix of different apartment sizes as well as a couple of co-housing units, shared facilities such as a larger kitchen per apartment group. As it will be a large and mixed complex, there is also room needed to get together and organise social and cultural activities, some of these could be publicly accessible for neighbours. These spaces could be used as a community centre, for people in the neighbourhood.


How the building will exactly be organized will unfold in the coming months. From its initiation Time to Access has been advising and supporting de Bundel. Through helping with process management and facilitating different workshops, which helps to concretize the plans of de Bundel.


Amsterdam, 2022 - ongoing

Self-built, Co-housing, 11.900m2 BVO

130 mid-rent and social housing units with an average size of 68m2, communal spaces, non-housing functions

Energy neutral, construction method t.b.d.




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Co-developed and co-designed with Housing cooperative De Bundel
Financial adviser - Kantelingen