We hear it often: millennials just aren’t homeowners. And it’s true, statistics prove that most millennials prefer to rent.
This is why architects Tom and James Teatum have desiged a co-living space in Hammersmith, London. This project includes informal work and living spaces, in hopes of encouraging millennials to spend more time in their own home.
Titled Garden House, this three-bedroom terraced mews house is Teatum+Teatum’s latest of seven properties that target Generation Y. To study this subject, they have carried out a survey to find out how millennials use their homes throughout a normal day. The result: most young people only spend 17 percent of their waking day inside their home, which means that they had to adapt their projects to this clientele.
“We are starting to research the rituals we go through every day and understand how we can restructure or add a new narrative,” the brothers said. “This study also revealed the rituals we repeat every day – sleeping, washing, eating – how can we create new narratives for these rituals.”
“At Garden House we have organised the space to increase the amount of time spent at home,” they continued. “These spaces are designed to facilitate home working in an informal way. We want the tenants to use the spaces more intensely, and throughout the day.”
The brothers wanted to offer an alternative against the student-style co-living spaces that have been popping up on the market recently, in which there is a large number of residents sharing kitchens and living rooms. The alternative, is a home with “fluid, open and interconnected spaces” which allows residents to socialise, work and spend alone time without being restricted to their bedrooms alone.
A metal bridge separates the living space from a rooftop study, creating a physical separation between relaxation and work zones. Furniture and storage made from birch plywood are integrated into the walls to allow tenants to move in with just the bare necessities.
“The digital has resulted in modern renters having fewer physical possessions,” said Teatum. “Tenants can move in with just a bag, the furniture is part of the landscape.”
Garden House also offers access to a range of services via Noiascape Network, which include shared spaces inside other residential buildings as well as events.
“We want to re-engage with the idea that you can contribute to a social infrastructure that you could not own as an individual,” said Teatum and Teatum. “If we apply this ethos to a rental housing infrastructure, we can see a new typology emerging that offers more than a single private space.”
“The tenants at Garden House will have access to all the shared spaces in the network of Noiascape buildings. This means your private space is connected with a series of semi-public spaces across London.”(interview portion via Dezeen)
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