How public and private spaces are changing to foster greater opportunities for community and collaboration
It’s no coincidence that the desire for co-working spaces sped from 0 to 100 alongside the rise of the freelance economy. Collaboration fueled by physical proximity has played an extraordinary role in shaping many of the services that people interact with on a daily basis. Most builders, makers and innovators today look to their communities for strength and insights when it comes to building out great ideas.
This innate desire for congregation and connection has long been ingrained within history and culture, and designers look to this trend of community spirit to fuel their building process. Architecture— whether it be in the home, the store or the office—is shifting to focus on more social and dynamic design. Building Tomorrow, a report from PSFK Labs, created in partnership with Architizer, looks at how architecture is being built with the intention of housing greater opportunity for shared experiences.
Entire cities are beginning to integrate more novel design elements based on surrounding community’s culture that will play a role in greater urban growth and development for the future. The need to design spaces that can inspire connections and real-time, one-to-one interactions translates from physical into digital experiences. This is as important for customers and associates as it is for colleagues online and offline.
In Korea, Songpa Micro-Housing uses residual building space to create communal zones for neighbors. The building development includes 14 living units, with shared balconies and circulation spaces between them. The designer leveraged zoning constraints and maximum floor area to create these extra meeting points, blending the lines between public and private space.The ground floor also includes an open program area for exhibitions, theater and other opportunities for residential gathering.
In re-imaging urban density, these semi-shared spaces provide a place for new social contexts to proliferate.
Increasingly, residential builders are implementing these shared design elements for homeowners or renters. The High Place Apartments were intentionally built around outdoor courtyards to inspire a deeper sense of community and create multiple spaces for natural ventilation.
“Architects have an extraordinarily important role to play to better guide urban growth toward more socially mixed and more innovative cultural ecologies that allow us to inhabit cities the way we want,” said Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal at SHoP Architects.
Whether it’s designing or inhabiting a residential space, a retail environment or an educational institution, it’s necessary to incorporate spaces that foster planned or serendipitous engagement between community members.
At Vienna University, a dynamic campus encourages faculty and students to cross paths and congregate by diverting the flow of traffic through different atriums. More permeability of buildings facilitates interaction between various academic departments, versus confining students to one environment and staff to another. The atriums serve multiple functions, but are promoted for the use of communal activity.
This way of thinking about community and collaboration will continue to impact the way people live, work and play. According to a YouGov survey from 2014, 82 percent of 16-21 year olds think collaboration drives innovation. That innovation exists far beyond the atrium or the classroom; global and local brands alike must also foster opportunities for people to meet up and collaborate.
Images: Songpa / Agency: SsD;
High Place / Agency: Egan | Simon Architecture / Client: Community Corporation of Santa Monica
Vienna University / Agency: Atelier Hitoshi Abe / Client: Vienna University
PSFK Labs presents Building Tomorrow a report on contemporary trends in building design based on an analysis of submissions from Architizer’s annual A+ Awards. The report offers insights into the global forces driving change, expert commentary and implications for professionals in any industry leverage when building out their ideas and experiences. Download the full report on Slideshare and follow the accompanying content series on PSFK.com.