The High Street Cohousing Project from Urban Cohousing
The High Street Cohousing Project, from Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd, plans to create an inter-generational cohousing neighbourhood in Dunedin. It is designed to provide a sustainable and social alternative to the traditional NZ subdivision.
40% of homes within the community will be designed to a 4-Star Lifemark™ rating. Why? because the company see the importance of creating homes which are suitable for all stages of life.
So, what is cohousing?
Cohousing describes a housing arrangement developed and managed by the residents themselves. First, it combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of more social, multi-generational living. Second, individual dwellings are designed to be self-contained (each having its own kitchen, bathroom and living areas). But, the extensive common facilities and optional common house dinners are valued features of cohousing.
“One of the key aspects of the cohousing approach is that we want it to be a supportive neighbourhood. Therefore, it just makes sense that the buildings themselves are also supportive of people with different levels of mobility. We also really see the value of having expert independent advice and certification on the accessibility and future-proofing of the homes in this project from Lifemark” says Tim Ross, architect at Architype and member of the Cohousing team.