In my thesis I explore the condition in-between private and common space through designing a co-housing project at Godsbanearealerne in Aarhus. In case studies of inhabited co-housing schemes I have discovered five social spheres in-between private and common. The discoveries have been translated into a multi-generational co-housing project.
The project is inscribed in the Danish tradition of co-housing that emerged in the 1960s as an alternative way of living. Today demographical changes and shifts in household structures make it relevant to yet again rethink housing typologies. In Denmark there are now 37 different types of families. Predictions show that there will be more elderly and single-person households in the near future. The project intends to make an architectural response to these demographical changes and discuss the domestic sphere.
Global tendencies such as urbanization and increasing population have led to limited space and resources. Since more people are expected to live in larger cities in the future, the co-housing typology is relevant to explore in an urban context. Godsbanearealerne is an interesting context in which to discuss future dwelling scenarios, as it is in transition from an industrial to domestic and cultural area. The chosen site is on the edge of the city and nature; in-between openness and densification.
I have reflected on the role of the architect and my proposal is an architectural frame that can be both specific and versatile; a frame which the users can inhabit and adapt according to their needs. The development of two tectonic principles materialises the discussion of the common and private. By introducing five spheres in-between private and common space, the transition becomes more nuanced. An important rethinking in my project is the design of a semi-common sphere; a kitchen and living room, which groups of inhabitants can share across their different private units. The project is an exploration of the everyday spaces we inhabit, that I hope to continue in the future.