‘Coliving has begun to transform our notions of ownership and habitat.’ –Christelle Gautreau
Coliving is a modern form of housing where residents share living space and a set of interests, values, or intentions and architecture plays a very important role in building a co-living place that consists of all the features mentioned.
Coliving explains and illustrates this new habitat for the future, from lifestyle communities to young professionals and remote workers — you name it.
There are multiple amazing reasons for the boom in shared living, from rising living costs to falling levels of homeownership (especially among millennials), to apartments becoming much smaller — all of which have forced many city dwellers to seek alternate forms of housing. The distinguishing factor which separates this new wave of co-shares from former modes of shared living is a shift in the procurement model through which they are commissioned and built.
Faced with a hypothetical shared living ‘design brief’, we have to ask ourselves: are we happy with the solutions currently out there?
Coliving projects are as much about social factors as they are about the spaces themselves. It is not just a case of arranging square meters. What kind of habitat could we create for the Erasmus generation, digital nomads, telecommuters, freelancers, and interns who come to live in the metropolis? More ambitiously still, is it possible to create intergenerational co-living spaces that can last a lifetime?
Answer at CoHo to the above question is definitely a YES!
One more common concern about many new shared living spaces is that they resemble branded hotels, not only in their combination of private rooms and anonymous communal areas but in their lack of internal flexibility and aesthetics. But at CoHo, a perfect blend of aesthetics, interiors, and flexibility makes it an ideal co-living space to stay at.