London – There’s a stigma associated with co-living spaces that they convey a sense of ‘glorified student living’ and permit smaller living quarters than national space standards allow. That said, more co-living developments are coming to market, fighting against the stigma of forcing millennials into ‘rabbit hutch’ homes. But it’s not all bad news: as well as making renting in city centres more affordable, co-living offers an environment where residents feel part of a neighbourhoods and, in a sustainably-conscious world where younger people own less ‘stuff’, it’s a great way to share resources and foster communities. So, how does The Collective make its latest venture in Canary Wharf feel like a desirable lifestyle choice rather than a necessity?
Having already disrupted the status quo of city living, The Collective is taking its ambition one step further by 'expanding the lifestyle experience' in its largest development to date, offering 705 rooms available to rent from a single night up to 12 months. The company’s in-house design team focused on providing the highest possible level of service and experience, working with firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to execute the development.