Qville Cohousing in Essen

A complex of former agricultural buildings transformed into a collective housing


The former Quarantine stables, a listed monument in an agricultural area in Essen, were transformed into an ecological cohousing project. The site is located on the Belgian-Dutch border next to the railway line in Essen and was used to keep imported cattle in quarantine before travelling on to Belgium. Activities ceased for good in 1968. The original volumes dating from 1898 and 1909 were restored, disappeared buildings rebuilt. The 1,7 hectares domain counts 44 near zero energy houses such as 1-to-4- bedroom dwellings, intergenerational homes and studios for people with assistance needs.

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