How well do you know your neighbours? Who is a good cook? Who has just been promoted and will celebrate next Saturday?
Fact is, nowadays many of us only know one piece of information about our neighbours - their name on the door.
We think that is a pity and want to facilitate living together on a more personal level, enabling all residents to take part not only in planning the buildings themselves but also in shaping their daily lives together.
Multigenerational living provides a haven for singles, single parents, young families and senior citizens where they can connect on many levels, supporting each other in various aspects of daily living.
Community living with a future
Ideal envoirnment for children and senior citizens
Significant increase in usable living space
on simliar sized plots
Well laid out, barrier-free and handicapped accessible design and floor plan
Ecologigal building materials and
regnerative engery supply
Several parties in one building, forging a
Self-contained flats with own kitchen and bathroom
Community rooms and spaces where
people meet and interact
Save costs through supporting each other
Imagine an elderly lady who is not able to carry her shopping anymore, but is otherwise healthy and self-sufficient. Does she really have to relocate to a nursing home? Or think about a young couple wanting to enjoy a night out together, but are not able to get a babysitter?
These and many other "small challenges" of a society that has developed more towards taking than giving, can turn our lives lonely and problematic.
Considering the dramatic demographic changes and the economic pressures of living alone, living in and with an extended family is a real alternative to consider. According to polling institute Innofact, around 50% of Germans are thinking about living with their children in older age.
But there are more than just practical considerations when it comes to multigenerational living. It is also about being needed and finding support right on your doorstep. A personal haven, still living your own live at your own pace.
Something that can be created, but not bought.
The older generation, including grand-parents and everybody else that is approximately of the same age.
The current generation, including parents and those of roughly the same age.
And then of course the young generation, including children and grandchildren.
A continuing process, bringing together people of all ages and walks of life. No matter where they come from our how their families are constructed.
Multigenerational living brings people together, no matter their age or which country they come from.
The possibilities to participate in community activities are diverse and can include:
• playing games together
• cooking or baking together and then enjoy the food
• playing instruments and hold jam sessions
• staging plays and act
• and many things more
People can help each other in many different shapes and forms.
Younger people can show the older generation how to use computers or mobile phones.
The older generation can help the younger folks by reading to the kids, teaching how to cook or bake, telling stories about the past or babysitting.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Multigenerational living communities are open to everyone to make take part in and contribute to the communal activities organised.
First time visitors often will attend an "Open Meeting" to meet the inhabitants, engage in conversations and start planning activities together.
But multigenerational living can offer even more.
Here are just a few examples
• Supervision/taking care of children
• Help with homework
• Consulting and advice on a wide range of topics
• Courses on various topics
• Help for people with dementia
Relatives looking after dementia-patients need help, too. Patients who suffer from dementia often forget to eat, for example. They generally need support from other people to help them to still live fairly independent lives.
Multigenerational living is especially suitable for families, especially those where both parents have to work, or for a working single parent.
There is always somebody around in this special community to look after the children, or somebody that needs help in caring for relatives that need support because they are old or sick.
Voluntarily offering help is always welcome in multigenerational houses. There are so many opportunities to make a difference in each others lives.
Feel free to think about what you would like to offer the community.
And feel safe in the knowledge that advise and support is also available in our communities. For example you could take one of the courses on offer to learn new skills that will help you support others even better.
Unemployed people have the possibility of entering the job market again by performing voluntary work and people from other countries have the chance to integrate into their new home a lot quicker and more smoothly.