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German architect Alexis Dornier described this co-living complex in Ubud as “a model of a micro society.” Residents rent serviced bedrooms with private bathrooms, and have access with communal rooftop lounge spaces and sunbathing deck, a swimming pool, shared kitchen, cafe, yoga area, and a barbecue garden.
Escher Park and House B residential projects by E2A in Zurich
In contrast to the surrounding built context, the new design actively choreographs the subtle variations in outdoor space. The free space between the buildings stretches like a park as a meandering field of vegetation and a system of paths leads through the space making this inner world between the buildings accessible
Could shared living be a potential solution to contemporary issues such as increasing urbanisation, loneliness and the lack of affordable housing?
The rooftop communal areas of the Quarters co-living development in Chicago.
In the shinagawa city ward of tokyo, torafu architects has transformed an existing five-story structure to create a new facility for the employees of a leading korean IT company. Situated close to meguro station, the completed project provides a multi-functional program. Combining shared office space with a co-living complex, the building intends to become a ‘basecamp’ for workers travelling to tokyo every day for business.
Residents share chores and responsibilities, come together for meals and other activities in a common house, and make decisions based on consensus. It’s a conscious way of living designed to encourage social interaction and investment in the greater good.
-By Clair Thompson, Grist
The common rooftop, Melbourne. A nightingale project and precedent for Madras Square. Inner-city housing premised on a multifunctional design for social connection.
The building once served as a neighborhood church, and many of the building’s original features remain, including vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, wooden beams, and recesses.
Lange Eng Cohousing
Every housing unit has access to the shared garden space, and terraces along the facades offer a convenient platform for bringing life from the homes into the common space.
From the street, Zoku looks like just another gray building on the outskirts of central Amsterdam. But step inside, and it’s a whole ‘nother story.
Zoku has undoubtedly created a rooftop paradise filled with everything you’d need to survive the 21st century. Scattered around is an array of nooks, crannies, desks, and tables — perfect for working, reading, or chatting.
Then there are also meeting rooms, event spaces, multiple patios and decks, a full-service “living” kitchen, games, phone booths, and larger booths equipped with office supplies.
Mason & Fifth cohousing: “We’re building homes that launch exciting, conscious communities and join up the holistic drivers of wellbeing to make life in the city more connected, more nourishing and ultimately more fun!”