Housing is becoming increasingly hybrid. Its primary use of serving as a home is being combined with an ever-expanding array of new uses. Living somewhere is now synonymous with working, caring for oneself, working out, consuming, gardening, recycling, producing energy, and studying—all at home. This shift in how we use our home is having a significant impact on housing layout. Solutions that increase a home’s flexibility, modularity, and scalability are needed.
Some areas must be able to switch from one purpose to another to make the home a “hub for life” that can serve as a base for all our day-to-day activities (sleeping, working, sports, buying, etc.).
Shared housing is becoming more diverse as well. In France, shared housing has long been a purely economic decision. While this remains the number-one criteria, people are now opting for a shared housing arrangement for a variety of other reasons as well. The desire to not live alone and to share with others is creating a new normal and transforming shared housing into a life choice. Shared housing is starting to become more popular in France but is much less developed than in Switzerland and northern Europe, where the practice is commonplace.
Flat sharing is the most common and well-known form of shared housing. While young people are more likely to have room-mates, both students (45%) and workers (54%) opt for a shared living arrangement, contrary to popular belief.