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The name Grønt nabofellesskap can be translated to «Green Neighbour Community». It is a vegan cohousing community under planning in commuting distance to downtown Oslo.

Cohousing as a way of living, where the residents are actively taking part in the development of their own shared housing environment, is growing rapidly internationally. We envision Grønt nabofellesskap as a residential development in a rural setting with 15-25 newly built housing units, a common house, cultivation areas, playground, fruit trees, berry bushes etc. Weight will be put on good quality, environmentally friendly materials and energy saving solutions, functional, lasting and aesthetically pleasing arcitecture.

Do you want to join and create a wonderful living community and a powerhouse for veganism in Norway? We want people in different ages and life situations to join. Contact us!

Underneath is more information on cohousing and how Grønt nabofellesskap is defined. Check also our Facebook page.

WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY

The community will be based on vegan principles. The common house and outside common areas will be defined as vegan, which means food being prepared and eaten there should be plant based. The community is open for anyone supporting it being based in vegan principles. You don’t necessarily need to be vegan yourself.

WHAT IS COHOUSING?

The modern concept of cohousing was developed in Denmark from the 60´s and is today growing rapidly in popularity internationally. The thought is to cater for the resident’s needs for both privacy and community. Cohousing communities come in many forms and can be placed in the city or countryside. You live in a private detached house, terraced house or apartment, with your own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and so on. In addition you have a common house with a large kitchen and dining room, with the opportunity to have community dinner a number of days a week. Here you could also have a workshop with common equipment, TV and entertainment room, music room, children’s room, library, sauna, etc. In the common outdoor space you could have playground for children, areas for cultivating vegetables, and more.

A cohousing community is developed by the future residents, in consultation with an architect, developer, etc. By combining their resources and developing their own homes, they can be adapted to their own needs and wishes. By having a sharing culture, you get access to many benefits that you do not usually have in normal apartments, detached or terraced houses. This way of living provides the opportunity to maintain close contact with the people in their immediate surroundings while at the same time having the privacy of your own home. The children get a safe and stimulating living environment with caring adults and many playmates. Parents can easily get relief and babysitting. Grandparents and elderly can enjoy many good neighbors with helping hands. As a way of living cohousing come close to what humans evolutionarily are adapted to – living together in smaller groups, where one has a safe and stimulating social platform opening for a wide range of possibilities and exeriences.

In Germany a big part of the residential production is currently happening in cohousing projects. Municipalities actively help cohousing communities to establish, because of the benefit it brings. They get inhabitants engaging in their local area and residential areas with good variety and quality. Norway is far behind, but much indicates that things are about to happen. The social aspects of housing and cohousing as a way of living are common themes in the medias. In the center of Stavanger, the town on the Norwegian west-coast, a cohousing community is being built with 40 residential units, Vindmøllebakken, developed by the first Norwegian company that works specifically with cohousing projects, Gaining by Sharing.

Do you want to know more about how a cohousing community functions, check out the links on the page Ressurser.

See also the brochure from UK Cohousing (click on image):

LILAC Cohousing, Leeds, England. Foto: Andy Lord

Private housing

  • 15-25 homes, possibly including a small number of rental homes
  • Architect drawn, modern and practical housing
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable natural materials, preferably recycled and locally
  • Lasting, solid solutions and most maintenance-free
  • Ideally energy-plus-houses, which produce more energy than they use
  • Possibility of own natural treatment facilities for water and sewage

Common house

  • Industrial kitchen and dining room, children’s room, youth room / music room, workshop, fitness room, entertainment room, library, lecture room, guest room and sauna are possible functions
  • Business premises for business and residents could be possible (office, art, cafe, training, therapy, etc.)

Common areas

  • Cultivation areas, playground, fruit trees and berry bushes and nature

Location

  • We are looking for plots within 40 minutes of travel to Oslo center by public transport
  • Rural, quiet, short road to nature / forest
  • Short distance to public transport, preferably train

Timeframe

  • We want to establish the community as quickly as possible, but it depends on:
  • How fast we reach at enough members
  • How long it takes to find the plot and get it regulated, etc.
  • The length of the building period
  • We hope to move into our new community 2022/23

Pricing

  • Price level like corresponding housing in the commercial market or less expensive
  • Different housing sizes and prices for different needs and economies
  • 2 – 4 million NOK (about 200 000 – 400 000 €)

Who can become residents?

  • Everyone supporting the community being based in vegan principles and the common areas being vegan
  • We want a living community with people of different ages and life stages – families with children, single parents, couples, singles, elderly, students, etc.

How to join the housing project and what is required?

  • Contact us and sign in to the residents group
  • The yearly membership fee is 200 kr (about 21 €)
  • How much you want to engage in the development is up to yourself
  • There is currently no binding and you can withdraw whenever you wish

How is the project organized?

  • The residents organize and develop the project together through our own democratic association
  • We are collaborating with the architect firm, Fragment

How will the housing project be implemented?

  • We have chosen an architect firm to collaborate with, Fragment, and are now looking for a plot
  • When the plot is found we will work together with Fragment to develop the community concretely while at the same time recruiting more residents