Introduction to One Shared House 2030

November 30th
3 mins read

Introduction to One Shared House 2030

The next time you complain about how packed your morning train feels, try imagining the world in just over a decade’s time. By 2030, almost 9 percent of the world’s population will be living in just 41 megacities — those with more than 10m inhabitants — with New York estimated to be home to nearly 20m people, Shanghai to almost 31m, and Tokyo to 38m.

Indeed, as more people move to urban areas in search of better lives and jobs, our cities will grow like never before — making the world feel ever more crowded. Today, just over half the global population is urbanised. By 2030 that figure will have risen to almost 70 percent.

And yet, as space becomes scarcer and the cost of housing increases, millions of people will likely struggle to find an adequate and affordable place to live. Rapid urbanisation means rising house prices, shrinking living space, and — paradoxically, perhaps — increasing loneliness, too.

Could shared living be a solution to some — or all — of these problems? SPACE10 intends to find out through its brand-new field of research. In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be exploring a number of avenues related to co-living — an old concept that we believe is in need of a revamp.

The first of these avenues is One Shared House 2030 — a playful research project which we’re launching in partnership with Anton & Irene, a New York-based design duo who’ve worked with the BBC, National Geographic and Spotify, among others.

With shared living becoming increasingly popular, One Shared House 2030 seeks to discover what people are willing to share — and what they’re not. Designed as an application form for a potential co-living space to open in 2030, the project asks people which household goods and services — including kitchens, workspaces, smart devices, childcare and self-driving cars — they’d be willing to share, and what kind of co-living space would be uniquely suited to them.

As SPACE10’s creative strategist Bas van de Poel puts it: “The idea is to achieve a much better understanding of what people would like their ideal co-living space to look like, as a first step in the design journey.”

According to Irene Pereyra — one half of Anton & Irene — ”the information we collect is open-source, free for anyone to use, and completely anonymous. Besides educating people about co-living along the way, we ultimately hope that the people who actually design co-living facilities can use this data to help inform their decisions.”

To apply for One Shared House 2030 and see what kind of co-living space you’d most want to live in — or simply to find out more about the project — visit