Published in 4/2021 - Housing


The Rise of Solo Living

Anne Tervo

The residents of Vindmøllebakken co-living complex by Helen & Hard Architects (2019) share extravagant 500-square-metre communal spaces. The low-rise complex with 3–5 stories is built of prefabricated timber elements. The first owner-residents have been involved in the planning and development process.

Almost half of Finnish households have only one member, and the same development can be seen in other Western countries. In her PhD dissertation, architect Anne Tervo found out that spatial needs of solo dwellers are rarely met in apartments typical in contemporary Finnish housing. One solution could be sharing.

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