Can’s analysis of different models of cohousing is very helpful and in-depth, and helps illustrate how diverse ‘cohousing’ is. It is a helpful reminder that it should not be assumed that there is one way of doing things, nor to develop preconceptions.

To further add to the idea that cohousing is a diverse practice in itself, I want to share my understanding of a new phenomena called ‘co-living’. In London, a new company called ‘The Collective’ are promoting their new development the ‘Old Oak’ as a:

“A new lifestyle for Londoners – co-living is a new way for young people to live in cities, designed to provide convenience, quality and a genuine sense of community. Taking inspiration from the old fashioned idea of community, this is a brand new kind of place to call home”.

Co living is described as having three main lifestyle pillars:

  • Quality: Live somewhere you’ll be excited to call home. Boutique interior design, beautiful shared space and luxury facilities for every member
  • Community: join a community of likeminded young people, living, working and playing under one roof. Regular events and amazing shared spaces
  • Convenience: Enjoy a hassle-free living experience that lets you focus on the things that really matter. All inclusive billing, concierge service and room cleaning as standard.

The way I understand it is that it brings the convenience of hotel/youth hostel living together with the shared resources that cohousing celebrates, and at the same time providing live-work spaces. The co-living space is also defined by having small studio living spaces, or much smaller ensuite bedrooms. This is due to the amount of communal living space that can be found elsewhere in the building.

I am fascinated by this development and will seek to learn more. Below are a set of photographs to help illustrate the model further.