Manual for shared housing concepts
Increasing processes of individualization within society and the related differentiation of patterns of living and housing contribute to a pluralization of housing demands. Commissioned by the Housing Association Berlin-Mitte (WBM), cluster housing is investigated within this study as a shared form of housing. A handbook serves to integrate it into the association’s portfolio. Prototypical layouts were developed for a cooperative form of development oriented on the common good for the Haus der Statistik.
With the handbook ClusterLOG the Housing Association Berlin-Mitte expands the selection of housing options in Berlin for people who are looking for self-determined community living and dwelling. This strategy is a response to increased demand and intended to offer people of different age categories and of different walks of life a new form of affordable housing and living together.
Independent residential units of different sizes are combined with communal spaces. This provides people with a form of affordable housing that differs from what is typically offered on the market.
The generous communal areas are unique to this type of housing. Research on how lessons learned from pioneering projects can be applied to the Berlin context allow the identification and adjustment of individual parameters relevant to subsidized housing. Based on this research recommendations were formulated and substantiated by discussions with external experts. The results are presented in the ClusterLOG. The developed priciples were tested in designs for current projects of the WBM in the chapter “Selber machen” (DIY).
The study can be downloaded on the webseite of the WBM.