Shared spaces enables flexible housing

Shared spaces enables flexible housing

Shared space is a common space shared by two or more dwellings, but which does not necessarily have to be used simultaneously. The potential that lies in shared spaces have not really taken into consideration on the field of study or practice. The research of flexible housing has mainly focused on private homes and their internal flexibility while the concept of sharing spaces hasn’t very strongly come up. The changing lifestyles and ways of living, as well as demographic changes require flexibility in housing. Shared spaces are one way to get closer to this aim.


Flexible housing and its implementation methods were mapped by studying the related research literature. The base for the development of the spatial concepts was formed by studying and analyzing the features and benefits of shared spaces. Five design concepts were formed by combining the features of shared spaces in various ways. A plan application was also implemented for each concept. The flexibility of the designs was displayed with residential stories, that show the relation between the design and changes in people’s needs throughout their lifecycle.


The formed menu of the different features of shared spaces can be used in flexible housing projects, that wish to take advantage of shared facilities. It might ease and clarify the communication between the the housing developers and resident or client. By means of design applications and residential stories it is proved that shared spaces are one way to achieve flexible housing and respond to people’s changing needs and lifestyles.

Future Opportunities

The main focus in this research has been in the quality of the spaces, how the spaces could be organised to reach flexible housing as well as how the residents might use the spaces and what benefits they get from it. The models of administrating shared spaces hasn’t been studied or developed. The building technical details between shared and private spaces, haven’t been considered either. These issues are very important though, and that’s why there’s a great opportunity for further development.

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