VANCOUVER, British Columbia—A plan created by Vancouver designers to transform a site in New York’s desirable West Village into an affordable co-living multi-family residence was selected as a winning entry in our 2020 Phil Freelon Design Competition, an annual firmwide event that elevates our design culture and attracts participants from Perkins&Will studios around the world. Jurors reviewed 68 design submissions among emerging talent across the firm’s 25 studios.
“Pivot” received a Merit Award for its flexible, modular design for co-living that provides a choice of living spaces along a public to private spectrum, and pairs complimentary lifestyles with shared resources. In conjunction with an interactive digital platform, this new approach empowers residents to share comfortably and gradually, opening the door to co-living to people of diverse backgrounds and life circumstances.
“I like the concept that the spaces are modular and can be used part-time by people,” said Rebecca Rudolph, one of five independent jurors of the competition. “Even during different hours of the day, it acknowledges that people have different rhythms and ways of living.”