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“There is a gen­uine buzz about the po­ten­tial of co­op­er­a­tive hous­ing. A scheme we did for an Auck­land-based col­lec­tive ex­plored a de­vel­op­ment with no in­di­vid­ual car parks and pro­vi­sion for two shared cars. We worked with the idea of an Uber ac­count paid for by col­lec­tively owned leased, ground-floor shops – space nor­mally usurped by park­ing. The top-floor apart­ments were two-storey lofts with light-filled com­mu­nal atri­ums. The project never left the ground for var­i­ous rea­sons, mostly due to the chal­lenges of wran­gling a di­verse bunch of peo­ple at dif­fer­ent stages of their lives. We are work­ing on new schemes with dif­fer­ent clients and many oth­ers are try­ing to in­cor­po­rate co­op­er­a­tive ways of liv­ing into their de­signs.”

Ar­chi­tect PAC Stu­dio Lo­ca­tion Eden Ter­race, Auck­land Brief Ex­plore a co­op­er­a­tive hous­ing scheme for a tight in­ner-city site. Text — Aaron Pater­son, PAC Stu­dio 1 —Ar­chi­tect Aaron Pater­son’s multi-level de­sign has leased space at the ground floor.

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