We aim to recreate many of the advantages of the traditional village such as social contact, contact with nature and economic efficiency.
The design of the New Plymouth Cohousing Neighbourhood will be inspired by Earthsong’s Eco-Neighbourhood.
While the physical design of a cohousing community provides private spaces, social contact is critical in a high-functioning community. That is why common facilities and spaces are valued features of a cohousing neighbourhood. In purchasing a house, each resident becomes a co-owner of all the shared spaces.
Most important of these is the Common House. This will be large enough for all residents to dine, celebrate and meet in. It will also have a community kitchen, lounge, children’s playroom, guest room and communal laundry.
Other shared facilities will include a workshop, bike shed, outdoor sitting and play areas, pathways, community garden and orchard. Cars will be confined to the edge of the site to create a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood designed for casual interaction and safe play for children.
On the wish list are water storage tanks, a natural swimming pool, teenager hangout space, office space, and a coffee machine in the Common House.