In the past decade,’the Sharing Economy’ has come into being and subsequently grown into a massive industry. Essentially a cultural shift against ownership, it consists of many practices that enable using resources without owning them - renting, swapping, sharing, bartering and more. Examples include city bicycle systems, car sharing, tool libraries, coworking spaces and an ever expanding array of sharing platforms for all things material and even immaterial.
How would we create architecture that would encourage the sharing of space and intensity of use?
Alone together is a mixed working and housing project that attempts to encourage and facilitate the sharing of space. It does this by allowing residents to rent space room by room. Residents can then assemble the space they need from different rooms and choose to share each room differently with different individuals according to their particular preferences and circumstances. For example a resident can choose to share a kitchen with 2 more people, a studio space with 4 more people, and to not share their bathroom. When a person’s fortunes are good they can rent more rooms, if they turn sour they can choose to share more rooms or to rent less rooms in order to save money.
All rooms have doors to adjoining rooms so that they can potentially be joined together. The connection between two rooms consists of two doors so that both rooms have to unlock to one another in order to create free passage. The space is designed this way in order to allow a constant negotiation of space according to different needs and desires, and a resultant unique intensity of use.