The co-living and living space sharing movement evolves out of the desire of young professionals to live in a community with other creatives and innovators in a world based on sharing and working together, without borders of either time or space. (Ryan Fix, founder of Pure House co-living, New York)
Construction is undergoing major upheavals as it transitions from housing to new systems of co-housing in contemporary cities in Italy and, more generally, across Europe. This trend underwent a rapid acceleration in the mid-1990s, highlighting a cultural shift from a period of housebuilding that consumed large swathes of territory to one that is imbued with a new awareness of contemporary living.
The concept of co-working – one that is evolving into co-living – is an expression of a generation of professionals, creatives and freelancers whose careers are global, who delay starting a family, and who are keener on accessing goods and services than actually owning them. Their lives revolve around flexibility, a search for a different work/life balance and, above all, a renewed desire for community, openness and exchange.
In answer to this demand, private individuals, builders and developers have begun to invest in designing multifunction complexes and refurbishing existing properties characterized by a blend of public and private space and a more streamlined management model that envisages flexible short-term rentals and all-inclusive rates with utilities, training, services and shared activities all part of the deal.
These new types of “hybrid” buildings are putting community wellbeing and needs at the heart of the design process, conceived as they are for groups of socially-aware people who share common practices and values such as a desire to pursue an eco-friendly and cooperation-led concept of quality of life.