Canada's Condominium Magazine
Population growth and increased demand for housing have resulted in rising prices and a strong shift toward alternative housing options. In an effort to provide adequate housing that is affordable for college students, Thai property developer AP Public Company Ltd. has created a Space Scholarship as part of its social responsibility initiative. The idea behind the scholarship is to foster communication and human relationships, while promoting a sense of self-sufficiency and shared responsibility through social overlapping of spaces.
The goal of the project is to bring students together in small, multifunctional spaces in order to encourage self-sufficiency and solve a variety of problems that stem from population growth and rising costs of living. As part of the social initiative, two shared living spaces were created, each integrating schemes that are flexible and modular. The spaces utilize multifunctional furniture to meet all needs within a small space.
One feature of these shared spaces is the combination of multiple rooms in one. Below, you can see that the washing machine is in the kitchen, as opposed to a separate laundry room. In the girls’ unit, the dining area, living room, and bedrooms are all together in the same space as well.
Combining multiple rooms into one can save space,
which is essential when combining households and living in tight spaces.
In the second unit, bedrooms are combined to allow for more people to share the space. Each bedroom consists of a traditional bed, a loft bed, and two desks. The use of modular, multifunctional components, such as dual-purpose furniture, eliminates clutter and allows for storage and organization without overcrowding the limited space.
This unit features combined bedrooms,
with a wrap-around kitchen in the center to provide room for several students at once.
The multipurpose furniture is placed strategically throughout the apartments, meeting all students’ needs while freeing up space. The boys’ rooms have loft beds with wardrobes underneath to maximize storage.
A closet and drawers are hidden within this loft bed,
maximizing storage while allowing the students room to roam.
The girls have a large, multifunctional unit that serves as a triple-bed bunk and wardrobe. Each bed has a curtain for privacy and a lamp to allow for late-night studying without disturbing sleeping roommates.
Additional shelving and lamps are hung from rails in both units,
extend throughout the apartments and into the bunks as well.
One unit features a wrap-around kitchen with bar stools to provide plenty of seating room for students while eating. The other unit contains a dual-purpose table with partitions that fold down for dining and up to provide separate desk space.
The dining table has partitions that fold up,
providing students with their own private desk space.
Benefits of Cohabitation Here at Home
The co-living concept is not entirely new, though it is typically done on a small scale. As housing prices soar and condominiums are in high demand, renting or purchasing larger condos to use as a shared unit may be an affordable option. Utilizing multipurpose furniture and other space-saving strategies can make the transition to cohabitation easier and much less overwhelming. This strategy can be beneficial to working adults as well as students.
When considering co-living as an alternative option, it is important to discuss ground rules, schedules, etc. to avoid any disagreements. Sharing a space, especially a small one, can be stressful, but if all tenants work together and respect one another, and organizational skills are used successfully, it can be a rewarding experience that meets everyone’s needs while making housing much more affordable.