1st Edition

All Together Now The co-living and co-working revolution

By Naomi Cleaver, Amy Frearson Copyright 2021
    224 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    The pandemic imposed a major shift on how we live and work. National lockdowns eradicated the lines between home, office and school, making conversations around live/work spaces more urgent than ever before. Instead of driving people apart, social distancing, remote working and the reliance on digital communication have led to a huge demand for physical togetherness. How can we design a future that enables greater collaboration, connectivity and social interaction?

    The trend for shared living spaces is showing no signs of slowing down; collaborative spaces have been hailed as the solution to the 21st century’s culture of overwork, a broken housing market and chronic loneliness, particularly among the elderly. When implemented carefully, considering different degrees and models of sharing, they tackle the question of independence (and its complex relationship with solidarity) and the longevity and power of intergenerational living.

    A practical and inspirational design guide, this book draws on Naomi Cleaver’s own experience as a designer alongside the work of other experts including Rockwell Group, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Squire and Partners and DH Liberty. Featuring detailed and highly illustrated case studies across co-living and co-working typologies, it takes in new builds and conversions of various sizes that have been implemented internationally. It concludes with a best practice toolkit that provides valuable advice and lessons for designers working at any scale.

    Case studies include:

    • Humanitas Deventer, The Netherlands
    • K9 Coliving, Sweden
    • Mokrin House, Serbia
    • NeueHouse Hollywood, Los Angeles
    • Outpost Ubud Penestanan, Bali
    • The Project at Hoxton, London.

    Foreword by Professor Sadie Morgan OBE, Director of dRMM and Chair of the Quality of Life Foundation.

    Introduction: A shift towards sharing

    1. Our new shared habitats

    *Coliving and coworking: a lexicon

    *Benefits and barriers

    *Forms of sharing

    *Impact of social distancing

    2. Student housing reinvented

    *The emergence of PBSA

    *Defining factors

    *The new frontier of student living

    Case studies

    *Chapter King’s Cross


    *The Student Hotel Florence Lavagnini

    *The Project at Hoxton


    3. Coliving in the mainstream

    *Living as a service

    *More than millennials

    Case studies

    *The Collective Canary Wharf

    *The Italian Building

    *Vivahouse Soho

    *Cumberland Place

    *K9 Coliving

    *LifeX Classen


    4. Generations come together

    *Shared living for families

    *Multigenerational homes

    *Developing new models

    Case studies

    *3 Generation House

    *Caring Wood

    *Angel Gardens

    *Lange Eng

    *New Ground Cohousing

    *Humanitas Deventer


    5. Coworking lifestyles

    *A global movement

    *Curated communities

    Case studies

    *NeueHouse Hollywood

    *Fosbury & Sons Harmony

    *Big and Tiny Silver Lake

    *The Wing Soho

    *The Department Store

    6. The work-life merge

    *Working from home

    *Becoming digital nomads

    Case studies

    *Garden House

    *Zoku Amsterdam

    *Mokrin House

    *Outpost Ubud Penestanan

    7. Design toolkit


    Naomi Cleaver is an interior designer and design consultant, as well as frequent writer and broadcaster, specialising in communal living and working. She has written widely on design and architecture, with columns for the Daily Telegraph and the Times, and is also a frequent conference speaker and awards judge.

    Amy Frearson is a writer, editor and speaker specialising in architecture and design. She is editor-at-large for Dezeen and contributes to magazines including Elle Decoration, Grand Designs and Icon. She holds a Masters in architectural history from The Bartlett and a degree in architecture from Kingston University.