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Shared Communal Living Projects

TC Plus Tests Boundaries in Belgium for the Future of Housing

— August 30, 2019 — Art & Design
G-LAB is a communal living project in Belgium that is executed as a potential "antidote to polarised thinking based on the conviction that we can meet each other in life's nuances." The concept is overseen by TC Plus and is motivated by doctoral research, adding a definite layer of authenticity.

The communal living project centers around a family home with a fluid design that allows it to be private or public, depending on how the owner feels. The structure is combined with a series of curtains that facilitate "fluid boundaries between the spaces." The entire layout of the house, both inside and outside, presents a series of rooms that can be utilized for different activities. For example, the 'Neighbour's Court,' which occupies the front lawn, is intended to bring everyone together, regardless of age or ethnicity.

Photo Credits: Luc Roymans
Trend Themes
1. Communal Living - The communal living trend offers opportunities for disruptive innovation in housing design and community development.
2. Fluid Boundaries - The concept of fluid boundaries presents opportunities for innovative architectural solutions that can adapt to individual needs and preferences.
3. Inclusive Spaces - The creation of inclusive spaces in communal living projects offers opportunities for innovation in social integration and diversity.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - The architecture industry can explore disruptive innovation in designing flexible living spaces that can adapt to changing needs and promote community engagement.
2. Real Estate - The real estate industry can explore disruptive innovation in developing and marketing communal living projects that cater to diverse lifestyles and promote a sense of belonging.
3. Social Services - The social services industry can explore disruptive innovation in providing support and resources for communal living projects, fostering social integration and addressing the needs of different demographics.
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