Portfolio Project Detail

ACCORD Matt Zelensek, Corey Nissenberg, and Ryan Monteleagre

As neighborhoods find themselves in a development boom, often their identity starts to become lost as their residents and businesses are pushed out. Rather than finding agreements that are beneficial to the existing community, people and properties are taken advantage of and forced out. ACCORD looks to help small businesses and local inhabitants manage the changing environment and thrive in the new community.

ACCORD’s goal to help maintain existing communities that are going through change is done in four steps: 1) Identify vacancies in buildings and on their sites with a building owner not looking to leave. 2) Help the owner achieve a mixed-use zoning change. 3) Work together to lease the vacant land and space. 4) Renovate the existing building for co-living amenities and build a new tower of sleeping pods by its side.

This relationship between owner and developer works best with the boom of micro-living and co-living environments. The developer can max out residential units with the increased density and keep construction cost down with a smaller square footage required per tenant. And by adding this density to a site that is struggling, other vacant spaces will see more viability for success. The residential density then becomes a major benefit to the owner of this site bringing the relationship full circle.

The ACCORD co-living project is done with one-part adaptive re-use and one-part new construction. The adaptive re-use is the amenity space. This space will be fitted to house all of the communal spaces of the co-living facility. These spaces include the kitchen, dining, lounge, co-working, and storage. And based on how much space is available, an ideal number of tenants is determined for the new construction.

The new construction houses all the bedrooms in pods and is built adjacent to the existing structure with a connection unique to each site. This building provides only what is necessary for sleeping which allows for a very efficient structure and limited utility requirements. To maximize efficiency all living pods are constructed with the same layouts and program. This gives flexibility to prefabricate living pods and deploy them to any neighborhood or site.

Once up and running, the site runs as one big community. There is minimal space in the pods which leads to the most time spent eating, working and playing in the amenity spaces. And with the twelve month minimum lease, faces become more recognizable and relationships are more easily formed. Outside the building, the green space then becomes a blend of tenants and the locals further enhancing the community relationships at these sites.