Project One: Cell

Orenda (n.) – a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives.


This design addresses the disconnect between domestic and labour, especially what could be in a post-covid-19 world. Allowing artists (in particular painters) to engage with the community surrounding their studio. They will be able to work and sell art within the scheme, as well as communicate with passers-by in an open environment for all.

The public and private areas have been separated, with an emphasis on the public at the forefront of the scheme. Towards the back, domestic amenities begin and filter through the first floor as well. This allows the artists to have privacy when needed and to reflect on their day whilst resting.


We as a society can be socially cohesive in times of crisis, and coronavirus presents society with a formidable common enemy. Faced with a common threat, a shared sense of togetherness leads to people to look past their differences and collectively respond to the challenges we have had to face.

Many of us struggled, yet found a way to (partly) fulfill our human needs for social and emotional connection. Before the virus, loneliness in the UK had already been recognised as an important issue facing many people. Feeling lonely is strongly associated with high anxiety and has been linked directly to poor physical and mental health.

Those between the ages of 18-30 living alone and with low household income were at heightened risk of loneliness during the pandemic. Since March, being a student is a higher risk.

Co-living offers many advantages to the health of individuals such as tackling loneliness in a post covid world, supports the individual, encourages sustainable lifestyles with lower energy consumptions.