Łódź, Poland. Turning heritage into open, socially mixed, intergenerational co-housing
The city of Łódź owns a large number of town houses. Many are in need of renovation and a new use. Many are part of the city’s rich cultural heritage. The city is also looking to create supportive and inclusive neighbourhoods and communities.
As such, Łódź used the energy-saving refurbishment of one of its heritage buildings to convert it into a multigenerational home. The principles of lifelong design were applied and spaces and different levels of privacy created: private spaces for the individual residents, common space for all residents and an integration space also accessible to people from the neighbourhood. The common and integration spaces allow for spontaneous interactions between residents and with people from the neighbourhood, facilitating the establishment of contacts and social ties.