SAWA’s progress is going fast. After several ‘Join SAWA’ evenings, the pre-sale has started this week. SAWA is being co-created with her future residents, that is why last summer Nice developers went searching for pioneers who want to live in SAWA and share their ideas about the development.
Meet the future residents of SAWA: Ida Zimmermann and Bareld Bruining, Lian Holty, Janne Visser and Michiel Vermaak, Marieke Sprietsma, Tosca van der Zijden and Wim Snoeijs.
Ida Zimmermann (57) and Bareld Bruining (57) have been married for 8 years, both have 2 children and currently live in Poortugaal. Bareld is an entrepreneur. Ida works as a property manager at a real estate agency and is the link between owner and tenant.
“What appeals to us most about SAWA is that the building is made entirely of wood and therefore stores CO2 instead of emissions. We like to think about ways we can contribute to a more liveable and healthier environment. Every day we make as many sustainable choices as possible. We have solar panels, separate our waste and drive electrically. We make those choices consciously and SAWA is therefore a complete match.
Lian Holty (65) was born and raised in Zeeland and is active as a pediatric physiotherapist and care coordinator in a rehabilitation center in Enschede. Now that her retirement is approaching, she likes to go back to the west, to Rotterdam, the city where two of her grandchildren live.
Keep an eye out for each other
“I think SAWA’s design is beautiful, but it’s also about sharing the building with each other. For example, by gardening together, we do not lose sight of each other when things are not going well. I would hate to end up anonymously in a residential tower. SAWA offers a place where you can be outside and where contact with neighbors is stimulated. I might go to an apartment high up, but I will keep my feet firmly grounded by actively participating in the communal garden. “”
Janne Visser (46) and Michiel Vermaak (47) are one of the enthusiastic pioneers of SAWA. Together with their three children Jytte (19), Eise (16) and Siem (13) are living in Rotterdam Kralingen. Janne and Michiel find it important to be socially involved. In daily life, Janne works as a nurse specialist in a nursing home and Michiel works as a doctor for the mentally disabled ánd as doctor for the homeless. We spoke to them and asked what it is like to be a pioneer in the development of SAWA.
Animals as neighbors
“Besides the fact that SAWA is a beautiful building, we think the contribution that SAWA makes to biodiversity is great. It is very nice to be able to share our building with animals and plants, which in turn ensure a healthier living environment. How cool is it to have animal neighbors in addition to our own neighbors! ”
Marieke Sprietsma is one of the enthusiastic pioneers and future resident of SAWA. Together with Dachshund Flappie, she is a familiar face in the neighborhood. We asked her about her experience to help us think about the development of SAWA.
Sustainable and beautiful
“I try to live sustainably and responsibly as possible; For example, I have been vegan for years and I pay attention to what I buy and how I live. That is why I am so enthusiastic about SAWA. A sustainable wooden building with lots of greenery fits exactly in this place . The fact that it is a beautifully designed building also makes me very happy. I love living comfortably and stylishly and believe that ‘good for the world’ can go hand in hand with beauty. ”
Tosca van der Zijden (62) and Wim Snoeijs (63) live in a park-like environment on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital in Ermelo. Tosca works for a housing corporation in Hilversum and is working on sustainability and the new construction of homes. Wim has worked in vocational education in Rotterdam for twenty years. They have lived in Vlaardingen and for a long time in Nieuwerkerk a / d IJssel. As a result, they know Rotterdam well and would like to return. Back to the city where they feel at home.
The ideal place to live
“” We have always maintained a relationship with Rotterdam. We go shopping at the Nieuwe Binnenweg at least once a month and often go to down town for theater, music and exhibitions. During an Open Monument Day we fell in love with the Lloydkwartier. It feels like a small town in a city with its own facilities and lots of air, light and water around you.
With the city in your back and a view over the Maas, this seems the ideal place to live. We almost know more people in the Lloydkwartier than where we live now! “”
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