In multifamily housing, we strive to design comfortable spaces for the residents and connect with their everyday routines and lifestyles. However, as generations continue to grow up, lifestyles and values change. As a Gen Zer myself, here are a few ways we can incorporate Gen Z values and lifestyles in multifamily housing:
Outdoor Spaces/Green Building
Living through a pandemic the past two years and having to quarantine in our homes has shown the importance of outdoor spaces, especially in urban multifamily communities with less greenery than elsewhere. In addition, this generation has shown to be highly passionate and vocal about the importance of eco-friendly buildings as this issue pertains to their futures and the ages to come.
Amenities With Purpose
As the world continues to discover how virtuality has many benefits to our society, this is important to incorporate in designing spaces for Gen Z, including high-speed internet. Designing spaces that have a purpose, whether for social engagement or private study, is essential because it allows residents to use spaces comfortably and in a way that makes them feel at home. Including areas where residents can start a conversation can help create that sense of community.
Creating a Sense of Individuality
Another essential thing to remember when designing for the Gen Z population is their diversity in their identities. Designing spaces that celebrate differences and allow a safe space for residents to be themselves and connect to their own cultures and backgrounds will help create this sense of community and promote a comfortable atmosphere. In addition, when the building we design builds upon the history of the community where it stands or celebrates a particular theme, this creates its individuality. When a building has its sense of culture, walking through its spaces is a way for Gen Z to experience the significance of its history.