Adult Dorms: Microunits + Community

At the Lab, we are always interested in ways that micro-units (be they in apartments or tiny houses) and community-building mix.  We were naturally excited to see a recent Atlantic article on “Dorms for Grownups”:

Coworking is probably a familiar concept at this point, but Evans wants to take his idea a step further. On Friday, on the top two floors of the building, he’s starting construction on a space he envisions as a dorm for Millennials, though he cringes at the word “dorm.” Commonspace, as he’s calling it, will feature 21 microunits, which each pack a tiny kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living space into 300-square-feet. The microunits surround shared common areas including a chef’s kitchen, a game room, and a TV room.

We like to talk about the ‘hardware’ and the ‘software’ of these projects.  The hardware is the physical design of the space. The software are the community elements laid over the space. Commonspace seems to be going hard on the software:

Worried about the complicated social dynamics of so many Millennials in one living unit? Fear not, Evans and partner John Talarico are hiring a “social engineer” who will facilitate group events and maintain harmony among roommates.

Read the full article here.