Mikro-Wohnen / Cluster-Wohnen. Evaluation gemeinschaftlicher Wohnformen für Kleinsthaushalte

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Against the background of the social demographic changes and the ongoing housing shortage in city agglomerations the demand for affordable housing for small households in Switzerland has strongly increased. Innovative projects initiated by Swiss building cooperatives and developers offer new concepts of communal living like Micro-Living and Cluster-Living. These new typologies provide affordable small-sized apartments while offering at the same time communal-spaces for shared activities and social exchange. Cluster-Living typologies are designed as small sized apartments that share communal spaces with up to nine cluster members in the same unit, while Micro-Living typologies offer shared communal spaces within the same housing block.
This study wants to investigate the economic advantages and disadvantages of these two types of communal housing by comparing their economic feasibility and modes of operation, the affordability for their inhabitants and evaluation of the potential social benefits.
The comparison is based on a six-month empirical research-study that compared projects in Switzerland and Germany by their modes of development and organization, their economic feasibility as well as their urban setting and quality of space etc. By doing so the study provides an overview to show future capabilities of theses models for providing affordable space to small-size households in dense urban areas.
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationZurich/Grenchen
PublisherSchweizer Bundesamt für Wohnungswesen
Commissioning bodySchweizer EIdgenossenschaft Bundesamt für Wohnungswesen
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Ubran densification, Affordability, Housing, demographic change

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