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February 10, 2024

Coliving - Defined From An Architectural Perspective

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Coliving - Defined From An Architectural Perspective

The concept of co-living has made a comeback as an innovative approach to urban living. It is now a revolutionary trend that has gained worldwide attention including in Nigeria. 

When we take a look at co-living spaces, we see that they offer an opportunity to figure out new and innovative ways to build spaces in urban settings. In this article, HaapLiving will delve into the architectural design of co-living spaces in Nigeria.

Co-living has successfully blurred the lines between communal living and traditional apartments offering an exceptional blend of affordability, convenience, and social interaction.

The way co-living spaces are designed fosters communal interactions between residents, and they provide privacy and comfort. Let's take a quick look at some of the architectural elements in these co-living spaces.

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Spatial Efficiency

Co-living spaces tend to feature smaller rooms when compared to the size of traditional apartments. The size reduction is remunerated by shared amenities. The architectural design focuses on providing residents with the essentials they need while fostering interaction in these spaces.

Private Spaces

One of the many misconceptions people have about co-living spaces is that they lack privacy. But contrary to that, co-living spaces make provisions for individual bedrooms because there is an understanding of a balance between the communal benefits and privacy.

Community Focused Spaces

One of the major benefits of co-living areas is that they are built to foster social interaction and communal activities between residents. The architectural design of co-living spaces have elements such as open kitchen, co-working spaces and shared living areas. The idea is to promote socialization while respecting resident's privacy.

Aesthetic Appeal

Co-living spaces are modern and have appealing aesthetics. Architects have the freedom to design these spaces in a way that would attract diverse residents. They are free to choose the materials, colors, and designs that will help in achieving this.

The Impact On Co-Living Architectural Design.

In Nigeria, co-living spaces can bring about some notable changes in the architectural space. Let's examine some ways that can happen.

 Effective Land Use

One of the effects of rapid urbanization in Nigeria is the growing demand for better housing. Co-living offers a solution to this by making use of the available land and accommodating more people under one roof. 

Better Social Interaction

Co-living spaces fosters better social interaction between residents and community building, which, when you think about it, is important in a country as diverse as Nigeria. Architects can incorporate this co-living design into more community-centric buildings.

Affordable Housing

With the increase in living costs, getting affordable housing these days is almost impossible. Co-living spaces can help with more cost-effective apartments for individuals, by providing houses that allow residents to share living costs.

In conclusion, co-living, when looked at with an architectural lens, pushes architects to shape the future with apartments that foster community, sustainability and innovation. Although the concept is a relatively new one in Nigeria, it is still garnering support and popularity. In connection to this, architects in Nigeria would have to embrace the chance to create spaces that can reflect the changing needs of urbanization.