In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
Shared living, whether through public realm, workspace or housing, has long been an interest of our practice.
The original impetus for this work was a concern with why, as a society, we have gradually moved away from shared living and towards individual homes – especially in cities such as London, where housing shortages, inflated prices, and increasing levels of loneliness mean that shared living models are becoming increasingly relevant. Alternative ideas for living more densely and sustainably are therefore desperately needed.
In 2014, we were awarded funding from RIBA to conduct research interrogating how, within co-housing developments, balance can be achieved between shared and private spheres while supporting independent modes of living. This involved, for example, looking at social and psychological needs for community and belonging, autonomy and privacy. Our initial focus sought to generate insights on how to better understand how these variables might improve the spatial design of co-housing models.