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The name Grønt nabofellesskap can be translated to «Green Neighbour Community». We are a group of people working to establish a  vegan cohousing community in a small place called Tomter, in close commuting distance to downtown Oslo. The community is named «Snekkergrenda» (The Carpenter Hamlet) and we are proud to present the prospectus which is developed in collaboration with the  architect firm Fragment.

Cohousing as a way of living, where the residents are actively taking part in the development of their own shared housing environment, is growing internationally. We envision Snekkergrenda as a residential development in a rural setting with up to 28 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 live in a wonderful living community in short distance to Oslo? We want people in different ages and life situations to join. Contact us!

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 everybody. 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 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.

Norway is far behind on this area, 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, a town on the Norwegian west-coast, a cohousing community ha been built with 40 residential units, Vindmøllebakken.

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

You can also get more information at the website of UK Cohousing.

See prospectus: Web / Pdf

How is the project organized?

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

How to join the housing project and what is required?

  • Contact us and sign in to the residents group.
  • You will then get at trial period for 3 months.
  • If you want to be part of the project further, you pay a one time membership fee (5000 kr) and an annual fee (200 kr)
  • 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

Location

  • We have found a beautiful plot in the small community of Tomter
  • Rural, quiet, close to nature / forest
  • Short distance to the train station (26-28 min. to Oslo center from 2022)

Time frame

  • We hope to finish building the community in 2024