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8 families in a single soul

As the world confronts future rapid population growth, human habitation conditions will continue to worsen, and everyone will only be allowed to have a small living space. In order to increase the use value within the limitation of land areas, 8 families in a single soul breaks the barriers between households by sharing large practical spaces.

Xin-Ying Chen, Zi-Qin Cai, Zhong-Kai Zheng, Bo-Wen Cheng, Shang-Yun Cheng

The design team consists of Taiwanese Xin-Ying Chen, Zi-Qin Cai, Zhong-Kai Zheng, Bo-Wen Cheng and Shang-Yun Cheng. They are keen to find solutions to future living conditions as the population and the need for housing rapidly grow.

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8 families in a single soul breaks the barriers between households by sharing large practical spaces. As the world confronts future rapid population growth, human habitation conditions will continue to worsen, and everyone will only be allowed to have a small living space. In order to increase the use value within the limitation of land areas, we have proposed a “shared” concept, that is, a single person inhabitant Share House Concept which can expand into different types of families. The barriers between households are broken through sharing large practical spaces together.

Coming from the Taiwan ethnic group – the Hakka people’s traditional architecture ‘Tulou’ (earthen building) built around a courtyard – the spatial arrangement interweaves both shared and private spaces in which households can interact in the shared spaces and maintain privacy in their own private spaces.

Part of the space is for commercial use. If like-minded workers with common values share the space, then most will naturally co-work in the common work space.

Details include conventions, regulations, regular community gatherings and household rotation. In addition, each household’s guest rooms are registered with Airbnb to provide strangers with accommodations. In addition to sourcing guests openly, they also be able to make more friends who can inject new ideas into the families’ lives.


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