The Live-work housing
Last week we just finished our Housing Alternative module, and there are four types of housing in our group’s design, which are Co-housing, Live-work, life cycle and affordable housing. Although, the Co-housing is the most important part of this module, but the most interesting type of housing for me is Live-work housing. Because this kind of housing is happening in anywhere in the world. According to the internet developed rapidly. The small business has become possible for every normal people. However, the real situation is most of the small businessmen they are still struggling with the high rent of the office. These small businessmen are just beginning to running their small business, they do not have lots of money to pay both home and office, particularly in some of modern cities. The rent of office is much higher than the normal home. Base on this problem, Live –work can solve and help small businessmen a lot. This concept combines home and work for making them together.
The space of Live-work housing has some difference from the normal housing. The concept of sharing is the main point of the Live-work. Majority of clients who chose the Live-work as their work place is because they cannot afford the big space, such as conference room or Meeting room.(Figure 1) However, in most of Live-work housing they have sharing conference room and meeting room. The residents who want to use these room or facilities can directly rent it for a contemporary use and some of the facilities also can be shared like printer and projector. Additionally, the same type of studios gather in one place can benefit each other. Clients can easily find out where can give them this particular service and save their time. On the other hand, when the same business gather in one place, the competition happening, which means the price will be better and the quality will be better as well.
In sum, I think the reason why Live-work becoming popular is that this type of housing could bring benefit to both clients and small business holder.(Figure 1: The common room of Live-work housing)
Figure 1: available at: https://chicago.curbed.com/timber-loft/archives/2