2. Co-housing

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Eco Villages Australia is a co-housing project.

A well designed village creates the right balance of togetherness and privacy. Eco Villages Australia follow the hybrid elements of co-housing and co-living models, with tiny houses or tiny spaces surrounding a central common shared house.

“Everyone wants community in their life, but we tend to want the privacy that we’re used to having.… [co-housing] is very different to any commune or anything from the past, in that it really values independence, but at the same time, cooperation and community." Laura Finch - Architect

Co-housing started in Denmark in the 1970s. Today, around 30% of the population live in co-housing arrangements in Denmark.

Two key things that define co-housing are the design and the resident-controlled management. The people who live there are the ones who take responsibility for the community rather than landlords, body corporate or developers.

The central common house is normally built first and has a shared kitchen, dining/lounge area, laundry and other facilities as the community requires. A number of dwellings placed around the centre house is referred to as a 'pod'. The village may have a number of pods depending on land size. Clustering housing is the most ecologically responsible method of village design. Each pod would most likely develop slightly different characteristics of its own as long as it aligns with the overall vision of the village (for example, one pod might be entirely vegetarian).

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