Cohousing means a particular lifestyle based on a community where private dwellings and common services co-exist. This community aims to have living spaces that protect the privacy of single inhabitants and generate greater social opportunities.
This way of living demands efficient common service management.
– Collaboration for better quality of life
– Energy saving and environmental impact saving
– Smaller service costs
– Stimulate a sense of belonging to a community and daily living place
– Prevail community’s well-being onto individualism
– Encourage sociable behavior and mutual help through space sharing
– Stimulate knowledge sharing and individual ability
– Encourage relationships in the neighborhood to avoid social isolation
SPACE OPTIMITATION AND ENERGY SAVING
Every cohousers community has different needs, depending on context and on inhabitants. Every single community during its planning phase agrees which needs and specific aims it will fulfill..
The laundry is a common space in residential block buildings, especially in the U.S.A.
The laundry guarantees space optimization, often it is impractical inside single apartments. It can contribute to energy saving through more efficient appliances, and represents a different way of living for residents, because sharing these household appliances involves co-operating with others.
LIBRARY – STUDYING AND READING SPACES
The presence of this common space dedicated to reading and studying is a socializing opportunity for the co-housers, especially for younger people who need a specific place to study that is close to home.
GAMES ROOM – CHILD’S ROOM
Space dedicated to the entertainment of the youngest cohousers. The way in which every recreation ground is used by children for socializing or to have fun with parents.
Another advantage is that this is a protected and easily accessible space.
COMMON ROOM – THE SPACE FOR EVERYONE
The common room has several functions each one depending on the user and the moment.
It will be a dining room on the occasion of dining with friends, a meeting room for cohousing management, a cine-room, a room for parties or a space for activities that are impractical to do in an apartment.
A flexible and easy to use space that meets the cohousers’s needs.
WINTER GARDEN – A GREEN SPACE FOR ALL SEASONS.
Winter garden is a space to stay in contact with the nature.
This natural space is a valid alternative for free-time and an occasion for cohousers to mingle.
BOTANIC GARDEN – PRODUCTION TO ZERO KM
Typical of many cohouses is the presence of a kitchen vegetable garden.
This space produces zero km, organic, low carbon footprint fruit and vegetables. This potentiality leads to a lifestyle improvements and an opportunity for personal growth.
GYM – WELLNESS
A common space dedicated to the well-being and fitness of the cohousers. This also enables cohousers’s to develop a sense of belonging.
Inside cohousing there are residential units; residential units guarantee privacy for every inhabitant inside cohousing.