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New Domesticities Flor Ornelas, Fernanda Hernandez, and Norah Altwaijri

The New Domesticity
The New Domesticity is about creating a new living typology that is for the family of now, the family of the future; with community being part of that family.

To thoughtfully discuss co-living as a means of addressing the housing crisis of Los Angeles, we must look to not just cater to the single young-30s resident, but address multiple persona types. The New Domesticity forms a habitat that is a permanent solution, where everyone – from single occupants, to couples with dreams of growth, to a multigenerational family – feel comfortable in their new home for years to come.

We are reimagining co-living to be an integral part of the community, to be inclusive,not exclusive. The ground level houses a cooperative supermarket owned and worked by the residents. This counts towards subidized rents, discounts on purchases at the co-op, and also allows community members to be a part of the cooperative grocery.

The second level rooftop is open for events, movie screenings, concerts and gallery showings. Ampitheatre seating is open to all. For the co-living tower, the New Domesticity is formed from the inside, out. Starting with a framework of concentric rings, wedges of greenery and living spaces plug into the second ring. The central ring is the heart of the entire domesticity. Providing both circulation paths as well as the sustenance, this ring is the key to keeping the community together. This center ring is the elevator with an open-air stair and a vertical garden spiraling around. The vertical gardens are fed by the filtered graywater system and provide vegetables and herbs for communal use.

The second ring is the soul of the entire domesticity, providing the communal spaces – living, dining, and kitchen with plenty of room for harvesting the vegetables, canning and storage. Here residents can commune together and exchange cultural ideas and activities. The domesticity wedges plug into the communal ring, forming private zones for retreating, sleeping, and shared restrooms. Shared garden wedges separate the domesticity wedges providing a space for semi-private respite, allowing personalization of an outdoor environment. Each resident helps with the care and vegetables, the cleaning of the spaces, and working in the grocery downstairs, all facilitated by an app.

The eight domesticity wedges per floor are subdivided into (2) modular units with shared restroom facilities. Each modular unit can convert from being a single to double occupancy with either a queen bed, single beds, or set of bunkbeds, taking our floor occupancy anywhere from 16 persons to 32 persons per floor. The intermediate partition between each side of the wedge is removable to allow for growth of the domestic unit.

The single artistan can decide to expand by having a studio adjacent. The couple can decide to start a family, and the family can bring their elderly mother home to stay. Keeping sustainability and wellness as drivers throughout, our modular wedges allow for long-term solutions for the new shifting domesticities that we call family.