3 years ago, the always spot-on Dror Poleg asked the question: “Can housing become a service?” In his article (linked below), Dror introduced the idea to shifting from a “filling the space” approach to a “building a relationship” one.
Since then, new living formats and opportunities have emerged. Among them, #coliving and among it, ROND House. We believe a fulfilling life is not about finding your space in the city: it’s about making friends, making connections that will last in time. It’s about finding your community.
The space plays a role, of course, but that role is to adapt to the person living in it, not the other way round. Housing, the whole space, serves you. And your focus shifts from adjusting to your new room, new flat, new house to letting the space adapt to you while your energy goes into discovering the city, the neighbourhood and the new people around you. Because that is the beauty: “building a relationship” cannot be limited between “landlord” and “tenant” but expands into giving the perfect space to weave a new social network.
Of course, privacy, intimacy, are still essential: we all need to be on our own, close the door, have our safe haven. Hence the need for coliving properties to be designed as perfect balance between individual -but flexible- quarters and open -and 100% shared- common areas.
Housing as a service, if one wants to abide to that terminology, is not a theoretical tease anymore. Coliving spaces -and other models- not only have popped up on the global scene but are proving to be viable for cities, citizens and the entrepreneurs behind them. Physical space and service providers -or traditional landlord- take the backseat. Relationships and community take the lead.
As we half-joke internally: we are getting to the point where real estate is not measured anymore in square meters of space but cubic meters of awesome!
Read Dror Poleg’s article (and actually dive through all his content!) here: https://rethinking.re/blog/