Enabling the potential of shared spaces by integrating architecture and digital technology into a seamless experience.
Scroll to explore the ideas and findings, that stand behind our journey towards making Hyperliving happen!
Hyperliving VR Experience
In June 2021, as part of the opening of AHK Culture Club, we created a virtual reality experience, that takes two strangers into the world of HYPERLIVING, letting them connect in the digital realm by chatting and taking part in various activities. Afterward, they met in physical space as new friends and could learn more about the research.
Urban Sociologist & Technology
While thinking about the ideas behind HYPERLIVING, as a priority we set creating a HEALTHY digital environment, that serves the people on their rules. That is why we find it crucial to incorporate the expertise of not just creators and investors but more importantly the users and social scientists.
In the conversation with an urban sociologist, Elisa van Gent, we talked about many mind-boggling questions around the impact digital technology has had on society and how we can take action towards designing healthy phygital experiences.
Co-living residents & the concept of shared living
What do you think about the growing popularity of co-living buildings?
I like it. Co-living is an interesting form of living
I don't believe in it. It's a temporary trend
Co-living Residents & Community
Do you think a digital tool can help to form a community?
Yes, it could
No, it should happen in different ways
Co-living Residents & Neighborhood
Do you think a co-living building can become a community hub for the neighborhood?
Yes, it should
No, it should be open accessible only to the residents of the building
Co-living Residents & Shared Ownership
Do you think sharing economy is the future of urban living?
Yes, I believe it is the future
No, it's a trend that will pass
Co-living Residents & Sustainability
Do you think living in a community can help people to live more sustainably?
Yes, it can
No, it doesn't matter
Co-living residents & Technology
Would you say you have a healthy relationship with technology?
Yes, I feel in control
No, I wish it was better
The COVID-19 crisis has enormously accelerated many trends
that have been gaining popularity in the last years, one of the main ones being
remote work. Being left without a choice, people around the globe had to adapt
to transforming their homes into workspaces, meetings with their clients into
video calls, socializing events into virtual pub quiz sessions. Technological
infrastructure allowed this switch to happen and evolved to serve us better,
quicker and safer.
The crash-test of mass transition into remote working system
led to realization, that offices as we know them are not necessarily essential
and a lot of business can be taken care of from homes. However, for most
people, a mix of the two is the most convenient and healthy state – the future
is a hybrid! In this system, the role of shared spaces in co-living projects
grows enormously as, while being part of the house, they can use their
potential to provide flexibility and create communities that people need.
Are you going to planning to work in a hybrid system after the pandemic?
Yes, it is the most convenient
No, I am going to work only from home/only from the office
Hybrid Working and the community
A major concern, when talking to people about remote work, is the lack of interaction with other colleagues. While being convenient at the beginning, working alone can become very frustrating and unhealthy. Simple presents of other people can be motivating, help us to keep the structure of our day and sustain the life-work balance. With a digital tool, residents of a co-living building could easily connect with each other and form circles, helping each other to stay in the productive but healthy rhythm, find people to have lunch with, have a break to stretch your muscles, socialize and find business opportunities.
Do you feel a need of working around other people?
Yes, that helps me to enjoy my workday
No, I’d rather be alone when I work
Hybrid Working and the neighborhood
With the help of digital tools, the activation of shared spaces can go further than being available only for the residents of the co-living buildings. The co-working places can become neighborhood productivity hubs, without becoming a completely public space. Thanks to a digital platform you can give access to the spaces only to verified and subscribed neighbors, in the selected hours, opening the building up during the day and keeping it more private and cozier in the evening. Unless of course, the guests become part of the community and will stay for dinner and drinks.
Do you think that workplaces available in co-living buildings should be accessible to the neighborhood?
Yes, it stimulates the integration of the community
No, shared workspaces should be accessible only to the residents
Hybrid Working and shared ownership
If shared spaces in co-living buildings are meant to become an integral part of the hybrid working system, they must provide more diversity and reliability for their users.
Throughout the day, there is a need for different kinds of spaces, for meetings, calls, brainstorms or spots with various types of seating or standing arrangement. A digital tool could allow booking such places, so people can have insight into what is available and be sure that they will have access to the spot that fits them most. At the same time, the area would be used in the most efficient way and give feedback on what sort of rooms are the most popular and what should be changed. Moreover, such digitally managed space also gives an opportunity for the residents to really become co-owners of the building and be compensated for the use that neighborhood makes of their shared spaces. Therefore, the residents become real hosts of their shared space and profit from the areas being vibrant and open to the surroundings.
Would you like to be able to book your spot in the working area (both as a resident or a guest)?