Joining forces in style with chic shared living ideas

Co-living spaces are enjoying the spotlight right now. Aileen Lee reports on the latest in chic shared living.

Shared housing is not a new concept, but co-living spaces are certainly getting an overhaul these days, with options like Abode Killarney opening their doors.

Based in Aghadoe, Killarney, Co Kerry, the building has been divided into 12 five-bedroom apartments with a kitchen and shared bathrooms in each of them.

The bedrooms include built-in headboards and beds and mid-century inspired storage solutions incorporating a work desk, wardrobe, and shelves. They are offered as shared, single, or double occupancy.

The basement area of the development also features two lounges, a large communal kitchen and dining table, a gym and laundry room, as well as a cinema room with large-screen TV and drinks fridges.

It has been designed with lots of nooks for socialising, reading, working, or relaxing. So, yes, definitely less-digs more-luxury in this approach.

Edit Design was brought on board to design the interiors. Edit Design was founded by Nathalie Vos and Justina Gruzdyte who had been working as interior designers separately before joining forces to start up their own company in 2018 in Kenmare.

Vos explains how the Abode Killarney venture came about for them: “We were approached by property developer Derek Twiss of Bond Street Investments to work on the interior design.

“The brief was to create a space that would appeal to young professionals and provide them with not just an affordable housing solution in the short to mid-term (six to 12 months) but also for the space to be immersive, where residents could gather together in comfortable and inspired communal spaces to develop a sense of community.”

The designers say they wanted the space to feel vibrant and that, above all, it would feel like home for its residents, kitted out as it is with all the comforts, conveniences and technology of modern living.

The building was originally built in the 1950s and, when Vos and Gruzdyte first visited the site, they found many original features still intact — beautiful terrazzo window sills, cast-iron radiators, arch doorways, and a mid-century staircase — which they were keen to preserve.

These features also provided inspiration for some of the design decisions they made.

The building was not without its challenges though. As Gruzdyte explains: “Its structure of steel and concrete meant chasing walls to upgrade systems was going to blow the budget, so the decision was made to leave it all exposed, embracing it as a design feature.

“The mix of industrial trunking, pipes and conduits, original 1950s elements, and mid-century styled interiors has resulted in what we feel is an exciting and eclectic co-living development in the heart of one of Ireland’s most beautiful tourist regions.”

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