Many buildings in one
To avoid contributing to urban sprawl and remain connected to the wider community in Cluj-Napoca, we want play:space to be located in the city; somewhere that's easy to reach without a car. Instead, we need to get creative in order to provide space at a price that budding eco entrepreneurs can afford.
Compact co-living makes urban living affordable
Living alone in a big house surely isn’t the route to happiness, yet many of us unthinkingly follow the path to ever bigger living spaces, which need more materials to construct and more energy to heat and cool. If we move out of the city, this leads to urban sprawl, swallowing up valuable agricultural land and encouraging farmers to move further into wild areas.
Cluj Napoca, with the highest rents in all of Romania, threatens to force out the artists and entrepreneurs, harming the innovation that made our city great. Despite producing thousands of talented graduates each year, high living costs force many to move away as soon as their studies are over.
We believe that clever interior design can provide a solution.
As described above, we want to create an ‘urban ecovillage’ inside a single building. It will be a multi-functional space that maximises utilisation throughout the day and night. This efficient use of space will allow us to provide affordable living and co-working space for entrepreneurs who are working on environmentally beneficial projects.
A few ideas for building facilities are suggested in the table below.
|Profit-making uses for semi-public access||Cost neutral (break even)|
for selected eco entrepreneurs
|A boutique vegan restaurant that uses the freshest ingredients from local producers|
Relaxing lounge bar & cafe
An urban farm producing high quality, organic salad and vegetables through space efficient hydroponic, aquaponic and soil-based growing
Yoga and pilates classes
Swimming pool and sauna
Meeting room and event space hire
Studio space and audio-video
recording equipment rental
Private offices for teams
Compact studio apartments for rent and short term stays
|Affordable co-living space, with compact living ‘pods’ and access to shared facilities|
Simple but healthy meals on an affordable subscription basis
Coworking desks and meeting ‘booths’
Access to a supportive community of mentors, investors and specialists
Clever design will be essential to achieving all of these functions within a limited space. Flexible furniture is required so that almost every room can be quickly transformed for at least two distinct uses per day.
In ‘van life’, you trade living space for exploring the world. In this ‘urban ecovillage’, you trade it for being part of a supportive eco-community or to have the flexibility to work on impactful, innovative projects without worrying about money. In both cases, clever interior design means that compact living can be just as comfortable as living in a ‘regular’ apartment.