An increasingly nomadic generation that desires intimate housing, yet the flexibility to explore and mix with others, to exchange and share.
HOMY : Homes for the Odyssey of Metropolitan Youngsters
Paris and its region entered the 21st century in becoming the European start-up capital; it accompanied this landmark by growing a variety of innovative business ecosystems to house them. As various Grand Paris projects are developed, the city have the responsibility to improve the quality and competitiveness of its accommodation for the many.
The market has not kept up with the needs of its rental stock, particularly for the younger and the self-employed. It is very difficult to find somewhere to live at reasonable prices. Scarcity, landlord inflexibility, unrealistic demands for parental guarantees and huge deposits often exclude the very people most attracted to the city: Generation Erasmus, digital nomads, telecommuters, trainees…
They are the We generation and their mantra is sharing.
The HOMY study concerns the innovative forms of habitat this generation already settled in the Paris region expressly desires. Increasingly nomad yet connected, they want to live together in pluralistic environments, designed to allow a return to the collective.
New lifestyles, new models
Successful forms of shared housing environments in the USA, the UK and Asia have long proved their worth.
Hybrid housing environments answer a new demand for an urban, modern lifestyle that values open, collaborative habits and the development of human relations; having a home, without living alone. Beyond the attractiveness of the Grand Paris in terms of housing, it is a question of whether the construction of these innovative projects will impact their urban area.
The arrival of young, dynamic, eclectic populations, and the construction of shared places open to the public will naturally favour interaction with existing inhabitants, thus breathing new life into the districts they inhabit.
HOMY will study various programs that include businesses, cafés, laundries, gyms, day nurseries, clubs, showrooms, public gardens, allotments, etc.
HOMY examines many aspects of these future projects: what are the expectations of future inhabitants of these buildings? How will hybrid-housing environments fit into the ecosystem of the Grand Paris? How to best create innovative, successful, attractive buildings without "copying and pasting" existing models in other cultures?
Conceiving the programs
The conception of these hybrid-housing environments examines the various disciplines involved in building these new models and how they will integrate the projects: communities, investors, developers, inhabitants, lawyers, architects, town planners, designers, etc.
Creating experimental projects
The purpose of the HOMY study is to build pilot projects on existing sites in Paris and the Grand Paris to produce real-time results with more precise costing and scheduling.
The projects will be based on new habitational needs giving rise to new architectural designs. They will feature smaller living spaces with some of the usual commodities outsourced to the common space; workplaces; shared and adaptable spaces are some of the ways forward currently being explored and expanded.
FAIRE will take on the role of incubator and facilitator to Re:bond to produce these revolutionary hybrid habitats.
Bond Society / Re:bond, Pierre Antczak, Christelle Gautreau & Stéphanie Morio
The architectural agency Bond Society was created in Paris in 2015 by Pierre Antczak, Christelle Gautreau & Stéphanie Morio, three architects with three distinct trajectories.
Re:bond is the Research and Development arm of the main agency. This laboratory studies changes and their impact on ways of living and working. These studies are the seeds of new ideas that will eventually grow into new ways of conceiving space, the demand of which lead to new and innovative architecture.
To do this, Re:bond gathers architects, town planners, sociologists, anthropologists, researchers, engineers and landscape architects to ensure the input of diversified knowledge and visions.
Among various subjects, Re:bond is developing a research project dedicated to the question of contemporary nomadism, to the new modes of life it generates and its effects on the development of new programs of hybrid housing environments.