When we asked Dezeen editor at large Amy Frearson to nominate an inspiration for The Davidson Prize, she chose High Street House, a new co-living project in west London by architects and developers Teatum + Teatum / Noiascape. It’s a collection of furnished micro apartments where, in exchange for having less private space, residents are able to access shared facilities. A co-working lounge doubles as events space for temporary markets and exhibitions, there’s a spacious communal kitchen and dining room, a laundry and a library.
“Our society is becoming increasingly mobile as advances in technology mean people can work anywhere,” Amy told us. “This project demonstrates really clearly how co-living can make it easier for people to move to new cities for work or study. There’s far too much focus on the ‘forever home’ and nowhere near enough options for people in periods of transition in their lives. Maybe they’re relocating and aren’t sure whether it’s for them or not. Maybe they’ve recently separated from their partner. These people also need their homes to accommodate work and living.
“Space in cities like London is already scarce, and that has an impact on affordability. We have to start finding ways of sharing spaces, to better suit our needs for working for home, not to mention deal with the loneliness epidemic plaguing many cities. I believe this project is an important step in that direction.”
Amy came across the project while researching her new book. All Together Now: The Co-Living and Co-Working Revolution by Naomi Cleaver and Amy Frearson is available from RIBA publishing.