🏆 INTERNATIONAL INVITED COMPETITION: SECOND PLACE
St Petersburg, Russia
Co-lead Architect (+ Otis Sloan Brittain)
Creating a thriving and welcoming community where everyone feels at home is at the centre of our design ambition for Zoom Apart Co-Living in St Petersburg. We believe that the key to the success of the project is to learn from the latest research on what makes a successful co- living community, both in terms of architectural design and social cohesion. Our team of architects can offer unique expertise from both our prior research on co-living and knowledge from working on housing projects around the world. While this proposal is primarily to develop a concept design for the client, we are also interested to further our collaboration in the future to develop technical drawings for construction.
We propose that every floor of the building includes a ‘community forum’ of shared facilities, which frees up the lower floors of the building to also be used for co-living. While many co-living designs are for the most part aimed at younger generations, we propose that for a successful community to develop, this scope should be broadened to include other demographic groups, such as the young-old, working professionals, young families and recent divorcees, among others. For a co-living community to thrive, levels of privacy are essential and it is understood that communities work best with 4-10 residents. We therefore propose four distinct zones in our proposal—the shared community forum; a series of co-living rooms serving 3-8 apartments depending upon occupancy; three distinct types of apartments; and private spaces. We propose that the co-living spaces are delivered furnished and that residents have the option to furnish their own apartments, as research shows this can encourage residents to stay longer in a co-living development. We offer spaces for community creative growth, events and shared activities.