• Design / Architecture

    How do you design a coliving space?


    The more we learn about spatial design the more we believe it is an essential pillar of a successful coliving concept. With urbanization rates on the rise around the world and communication technology rapidly changing the way we all live and work, intentionally designing our future living solutions has never been more important. Lucky for us, architects, designers, and urban planners around the world are creating new spatial design models that better match the lifestyles of the twenty-first century. We’ve compiled some of the best resources below that will give you a look into how design and architecture can play a vital role in helping coliving reach its full potential.

  • Top Resources

    Spatial Design for Coliving

    Connor Moore


    Coliving Corner author Connor Moore interviewed several coliving spatial design experts to understand some of the most innovative spatial design concepts being created and implemented in modern shared living spaces.



    WELL Certification

    International WELL Building Institute


    The world’s leading building certification for health and wellbeing, the WELL Certification has helped to positively influence over 4,000 buildings across 62 countries. WELL’s second version of their global building standard focuses on using architecture as a means to drive equality around the world.



    Together!: The New Architecture of the Collective

    Mateo Kries


    This 2017 book covers the modern shared living trend from a design/architecture perspective. Covering twenty different collective building projects across the US, Europe, and Japan, the book is a must read for those interested in how to use architectural design to create effective shared living solutions.


  • Compassionate Spaces

    Natasha Reid


    From the founder of spatial design lab Matter Space Soul, the Compassionate Spaces frameworks contain a three-pronged approach to creating spaces that can harness the “emotional and social power of places.” This is a must-read resource for coliving companies that desire to design and build human-centered spaces.

  • Co-Living: a strategy for the future city housing

    Laura Vanazzi


    This master’s thesis is an extremely in depth look at coliving from an Italian architecture and urban practices student. The paper covers the origins of shared living, coliving case studies, and design strategies for future living solutions.



    Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life

    David Sim


    The ‘Soft City’ concept from David Sim is all about how to create urban buildings and cities that work seamlessly and can adapt to our rapidly changing needs. Using examples from around the world, the book provides a plethora of ideas and innovative models for our cities of the future.



    Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

    Ben Channon


    The title of the book says it all as author Ben Channon makes the argument that good design can make us measurably happier. By exploring examples of how spatial design and city planning can affect our moods, the book offers a complete analysis on how architecture makes us feel.



    Coliving Design & Architecture for Social Interaction

    Conscious Coliving


    Another helpful resource from Conscious Coliving, this article contains some basic tips of how to intentionally create spaces that are designed for social interactions. Conscious Coliving incorporates many examples from current coliving operators across Europe on how they have created spaces to increase face-to-face interactions.


  • The Shaping of Us

    Lily Bernheimer


    Sure we have the power to shape spaces, but spaces also have the power to shape us. Drawing on insights from the academic fields of environmental psychology and design, this book explains how spaces affect our behavior, health, and personality.

  • Happy by Design: How to create a home that boosts your health and happiness

    Victoria Harrison


    A book full of strategies and tips on how you should design our living spaces to “invite health and happiness into the heart of your home.” Complete with happy design examples on every page, the book gives numerous tips and strategies to make our spaces fun and happy.



    All Together Now

    Naomi Cleaver and Amy Frearson


    An interior design themed book released in June 2021, All Together Now examines the design trends in the coliving and coworking movements with a particular focus on how the Covid-19 pandemic shifted how people around the world live and work.



    Spatial Design & Architecture for Coliving

    Coliving Insights


    The seventh edition of Coliving Insights focuses on Spatial Design and Architecture for coliving, recapping the most innovative shared living designs of today and how they will continue to shape the way we live for decades to come.



    Best Practices for Urban Coliving Communities

    Rachel Osborne


    This master’s thesis from Rachel Osborne is one of the first comprehensive coliving spatial design studies that includes the results of a coliving resident questionnaire as well as four case studies of coliving environments in New York and London.



    The Community Effects of Co-Living

    Bas Hoppenhrouwer


    Dutch Master’s student Bas Hoppenbrouwer presents his case on how coliving can help create robust communities in 21st century cities. The 91 page paper examines how the built environment of higher density living models can influence the social and physical factors that contribute to community creation.



    The Logistics of Harmonious Co-living

    George Green


    This 2017 academic paper sheds a light on how people inhabit and utilize shared spaces such as coliving buildings. For those looking to understand how spatial design can help coliving companies achieve their goals and create positive outcomes for residents, this paper is a great place to start.



    The Rise of Co-Living: Designing for Communal Life

    Eric Baldwin


    Design expert Eric Baldwin examines the spatial design of eight different coliving buildings from across the world, complete with stunning pictures and a description of the unique elements of each community.