- Collective Living for the New Roman
The current landscape of co-living exists in two extremes; the traditional co-housing communities of Scandinavian design and the novel new apartment blocks for the young and socially mobile. The intense communal environment of traditional co-housing, while not always desired, is diluted to a social calendar in the new co living apartment blocks. More problematic though is the homogeneous communities current co-living scenarios create and perpetuate. The benefits of co-living - community, sustainability, affordability - are more than compelling for the future of city life, but how can this bella vita be furnished for more populations? Perhaps what co-living needs now isn’t flashy or new, but a re-imagined way for diverse groups of people to make a home in a shared space within the city. Vita Collettiva creates space for the nuovo Romano, the single parent, the young couple just starting out, the single man living with a disability, the elderly couple retiring, the student, and everyone else in between.
Sustainability & Affordability
As part of the initial project stage Kollectivo Design Group recognised an affordable housing area within the city boundaries of Rome. It had to include a derelict apartment block open to be redeveloped so by recycle and reusing the greatest amount of space and services could keep the building footprint at its lowest.
The building was transformed into a sustainable development by implementing natural resources as its new energy system (such as solar power and passive housing building techniques). Also, by redesigning the outdoor space with a greater green infrastructure the garden provides a positive impact on the inhabitants mental well-being as well as encourage community activity and future self-sustaining methods i.e vegetable growing.
Location: Rome, ITALY
Client: Bee Breeders Architecture Competition ‘Rome Collective Living Challenge'
Date: Spring 2019
Mission: Re-imagine the traditional co-housing model and make it attractive to the mass.
Vision: A place where a diversity of people can live well together, have access to high quality communal spaces and an architectural construction that fosters natural connections.
Keywords: Community, Sustainability, Affordability and Inclusive co-living.
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