Transform Private Kitchen into Shared Kitchen: The Concept of Co-Living

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Friday, 18 November 2022

Changes in trends will continue to occur over time, also for interior design. One of the interior design trends that are being discussed by the public is the return of the popular co-living concept in the 2000s, which was born by Spanish architect Anna Puigjaner.

Co-living is synonymous with space programming that can meet many aspects, such as togetherness, sustainability, and collaborative economic development. The concept of co-living originated from the lives of 35 families in Denmark who lived together by sharing the kitchen in the 1970s.

Transform Private Kitchen into Shared Kitchen: The Concept of Co-Living
Anna Puigjaner in her office in Barcelona (Photo by Cati Bestar)

Then, in 2016, Anna Puigjaner again brought up the idea of the concept of co-living and came up with the idea of what if a house did not have a kitchen. This seemingly strange and unique idea is considered an innovation that can reduce construction costs while encouraging the interaction of the surrounding community.

At that time, Puigjaner imagined how to build housing that would suit the needs of its residents in the future. Modern society, which tends to be more individual and less concerned with the surrounding social conditions, became Puigjaner's background in creating a home without a kitchen and replacing it with a shared kitchen.

Transform Private Kitchen into Shared Kitchen: The Concept of Co-LivingOne of the houses in Vietnam is inhabited by three families, designed by Nishizawa (Photo by Hiroyuki Oki)

According to Anna Puigjaner, her innovations can overcome the problem of social interaction in modern society. In addition, a shared kitchen is thought to reduce the amount of food wasted. According to the data, Americans waste about 30 percent of the food they can consume annually. So, a shared kitchen in one building is the most sensible way to solve all these problems.

Puigjaner said the concept is an attempt to develop a new model of housing that is collective. Thus, this concept of a home without a kitchen has a useful purpose for the future; recreating a healthy environment to uphold environmental awareness.

A house without a kitchen will certainly benefit some people. It affects collaborative economic development, and the co-living concept will create a sense of community. With a shared kitchen, people can cook in one building while socializing. This will certainly increase concern for the surrounding environment and can minimize the amount of food wasted.

Transform Private Kitchen into Shared Kitchen: The Concept of Co-Living
Shared kitchen for guests coming to Vietnam, designed by Block Architects (Photo by Quang Tran)

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