Social Housing

General info about the project:
Category: Housing concept
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Date: February 2010
Software Used: ArchiCad 14, Artlantis
Studio 3, Photoshop


The intention with this project has been to create a collective housing structure that reflects the concept of network
living in a dense urban context while giving spacious quality to the surrounding context as well as the internal life
in the building.
The project follows two main aspects that have given it birth by every meaning: aspect, functionality, flexibility in
use, structure, possibility of actual existence. The first aspect regards the site, which has an overview appearance
of an “under construction” area, like a fabric texture made of too many materials.
The question that arises is: how should the living “in-between” be like? In a city where urban development has just
begun, where architectural improvement is demanded by the new society.
The answer regarding the living typology requested here, is completed by the second main aspect, which, more
conceptually, explains the plans, defines the spaces. It’s about defining the actual meaning of “collective housing”
in the way people are affected by it in reality.
The project consists of 24 living-units: 1-4 rooms apartments located in a modern building, with 2 to 5 floors hight,
offering access to a cafe and a pool on the roof.




Collective Housing | Architecture

Architecture concept by Simion Popa

Originally, the concept of collective housing was developed to help the daily lives of women by integrating housing, work and care. During the 1960’s the collective way of living went through a revival based on the spirit of solidarity as well as student and feminist movements. The importance of social networks and cooperation with neighbors became increasingly important in order to reduce the domestic work of shrinking households. While in the 1980’s around 50 new collective houses were built in Sweden, until recently the collective way of living has barely existed in Finland. Even though collective housing as a concept has spread in western countries, in most cases it is still understood as an alternative way of living.

Collective Housing SP