The built environment can have an immense influence on our shared experience when driven by human-centric, environmentally sustainable and innovative thinking. With the help of cutting-edge spatial design and architecture, fitted uniquely into coliving’s core pillars of community, sustainability and wellbeing, this previously niche coliving model is now becoming the face of the future of real estate itself – and it’s designs are some of the biggest creative engines behind that movement. This category will award the builders, developers, architects and spatial designers that are taking the leaps needed to create the future-proof shared living homes our world so desperately needs.
Our home environments must be designed to be places of sanctuary, environments that instill a sense of pride, identity and wellbeing. When designing coliving environments, residents need to feel that they have options: scales between intimacy and social life, both private and public spaces that are curated to respond to every need. This category will celebrate the designers who are creating interior design and FF&E innovations that incorporate elements of biophilia, sociability, modularity, personalisation and flexibility.
Customers – in this case colivers – and stakeholders want to follow bold initiatives and authentic leadership; as such, branding has hardly ever been as important as it is now. The right branding and marketing strategies can help position coliving companies as vanguards at the frontier of an evolving real estate industry. This category will celebrate the brand agencies, marketers and coliving operators who dared to challenge traditional residential living models to create authentic and timeless shared living brands.
The power of image and insights cannot be overlooked in this market, and with more and more players bringing their creativity into the sector, we’d like to showcase the best of the best within this category. When it comes to promoting and understanding the value behind coliving, a certain perspective of imagination, creativity, inspiration and fearless vision for the future is needed. This category is for all the creatives behind coliving’s best photography, videos, visualisations, websites, research, handbooks and other content that is helping drive impact, innovation and consolidation throughout the sector.
Coliving addresses what concerns humans at their core – the need for belonging, the innate social connection that defines our character as a species. In a time when coliving has proven its ability to not just withstand but also consolidate during a global health and affordability crisis, our focus needs to be on perfecting that core, community-driven service that coliving uniquely offers. This award will showcase the coliving operators and on-site teams that are facilitating and fostering memorable and authentic experiences, moments and communities.
The coliving sector has a big potential to contribute positively to the real estate sector and our planet as an environmentally and socially sustainable housing model. With close relationships to their tenants, coliving developers and operators have the opportunity and the responsibility to enhance the wellbeing of their residents and contribute positively to local economies and neighbourhoods. This category is for the coliving brands that are thinking deeply about the different stakeholders within their ecosystems, and are doing whatever they can to deliver a positive social, economic and environmental impact for these individuals, their communities and wider neighbourhoods and cities.
Technology can undoubtedly accelerate the growth of coliving, increase profitability, enhance community and support all kinds of inspiring and disruptive new shared living concepts. We have already started adopting the tools that will define how we manage, support and scale community-based businesses like coliving. This category will be awarded to those developing software, hardware, platforms and other technology innovations that are moving the sector forward towards greater sustainability, profitability and interactivity, by experimenting with the vast array of technologies that are available to us in the present moment.
Colivers need to do their due diligence when moving into a new home and what better way to do so than through a platform that curates and rates these coliving spaces according to peer reviews and interests. The ”Airbnbs of coliving” – coliving booking and discovery platforms – are emerging left and right trying to be the go-to places for booking within this fast-growing sector. For both colivers’ sake and the sector’s, we need to know which platforms are the best ones to use, and this category will aim to do just that and narrow them down to award the best-in-class coliving marketplaces and aggregators.
The PBSA and coliving sectors are growing closer and closer together and both models support one another: as students move from their professionally-managed dorms, they want to keep the aspects of sociability and community they got so much out of during their studies. As these students and younger generations evolve their tastes and needs, so should their housing options. This category will showcase those PBSA and student coliving offers that are paving the way for communal living throughout all stages of life
Digital nomads, freelancers, remote workers and ‘slowmads’ seek places to live and work that cater to their mobile lifestyles. Wanting to move on from the typical hostel or hotel experience, they are looking for workations, rural coworking and coliving hubs, a few weeks on a ‘nomad cruise’ and other options around the world that respond to their flexible jet setting lifestyle. This category will showcase the nomad coliving spaces that best cater to these needs, while considering the cultures of local areas, as well as the impact their space has on their neighbourhoods, communities, villages and the planet.
As young professionals move on to family life, then into retirement later on in life, there should still be a place for ‘new agers’ that want to continue to live communally. Senior coliving spaces are the multigenerational communities that provide dynamic resources and services for people at all life stages. As Generation X, Xennials and Millennials age, this category will be awarded to the shared living projects that are considering and responding to the needs and desires of the ‘biggest population we’ve never heard of’.
With the overlap of the residential, hospitality, commercial and office sectors comes new live / work / play hubs that accommodate people of all lifestyles, ages and backgrounds. As the coliving sector consolidates, shared living models that can respond to the diverse living, working and recreational needs of their residents and local communities will be the ones that stand out. This category will be awarded to the mixed-use developments that are providing hyper-flexibility and state-of-the-art amenities and services to their diverse communities and local areas.
As the sector evolves and expansions, administrations, bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions occur, we need a shared understanding for what makes a great coliving brand stand out. Coliving at its finest needs to be experience-driven, tech-integrated, financially viable and have social, economic and environmental sustainability at its core. In order to have visibility through what is becoming a cloudy landscape in the shared living sector, this category will be awarded to the most well-rounded, innovative and impactful coliving brands out there.
If you are an aspiring coliving project and are currently developing your brand, space and ultimately community, this category is for you. Although you may not yet be in operations or even under development, we wanted to showcase and celebrate the grit, courage and effort you are putting into making your dream a reality. This category will therefore award those projects that are in ideation, development and / or construction phases that have the biggest potential for being the ‘new kid on the block’.
We understand that innovation not only comes from entrepreneurs and creatives, but also the curious students and researchers of the world. Universities around the world are studying the shared living phenomenon from a range of perspectives: real estate development, asset management, spatial design, sociology, psychology and many more. This category will highlight academic research projects from undergraduate and graduate students who are aiming to redefine the future of coliving.