Common Ground is a proposal for a new typology of affordable living that combines the long term livability of standard multi-family development with the efficiency and spatial inventiveness pioneered by co-living buildings. Common Ground is both a statement on a new way of living in New York City and a methodology of how spaces are designed for carefully choreographed moments of both shared and private space.
Best suited to narrow and irregular lots where its size and zoning regulations create a unique set of constraints, the proposal utilizes a hybrid approach in order to accommodate basic needs and financial viability. On small irregular lots, traditionally planned developments never reach sufficient unit count and co-living buildings become compromised and unappealing to the short-term residents that they were designed for.
The proposal sees potential for developments small enough so that shared living spaces are maintainable without staff and complex management infrastructure, yet large enough that the investment to provide shared spaces is necessary and worthwhile. This goldilocks scale of development warrants an hybrid model selectively borrowing ideas from both housing typologies to create Common Ground.