Coliving In Mega Structures v/s Compact Structures
The Intriguing Question !
After more than half a decade in this industry of creating and ensuring a profound and fulfilling living experience for its members, I am still intrigued by this question of what’s the better model for a community living experience – Mega, multi-storied structures or a more compact and micro structure of a coliving space.
The answer will always be dependent on these two aspects – financial and experiential.
Anyone can deliver a fully equipped, well painted and high-tech living facility but coliving isn’t about just these fancy stuff but an actual uplifting and soothing living experience. It shouldn’t be just an affordable real estate solution but a living space which engage, motivate and encompass a sense of relatability among its like minded members.
Micro Structures Means Better Community Engagement?
It’s easier to manage a community of relatively smaller member and cater to their expectations and requirements but it doesn’t guarantee a better experience. A micro community of less than 40-50 members can be influenced swiftly and their interests can be matched through some interactions and by observing their participations in the community events. However, the financial aspect of this property sometimes makes it a bit unsuitable. It’s generally difficult for the operators to derive a financial viability from a micro coliving project.
On the other hand, a mega community is a complex and complicated dish to cook. It’s difficult to find community facilitators who can entertain such a big audience on 24*7 basis and keep them motivated. The objective is to create self-sustained and self-thriving communities and at the same time mega structures allows to deliver a private space as well.
As per our research, one thing which has shown considerable results in curating such community is “Nature”. The structures which allow it’s members to stay connected to the nature through organic farming, gardening, waste management, pets zone, personal trainers, regular yoga instructors and those spaces which not just provide facilities but puts a healthy responsibility on its member that gives them a sense of being a better citizens or humans, has been rewarded by a higher retention and better experience.
To encapsulate, micro structures should be a better option for remote locations where community can thrive on its own rather than through community facilitators. But the mega structures are the need as well as practical reality for big cities, however, they can become the perfect solutions only through a sensible connectivity with the nature.