THE BIGGEST CO-LIVING COMPLEX WITH UNIQUE CONCEPT IN VILNIUS

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The number of co-working spaces is rapidly increasing, however co-living projects are still a new phenomenon in Lithuania. When in Vilnius was opened the first co-living complex „Liv in Vilnius“, it became a big and surprising event in the real estate market.

Vita Zutautaite, who is the project developer at UAB “Eriadas“ said that “Liv in Vilnius“ co-living project is the largest project not only in the Lithuania, but in the whole Baltic States, although such type of projects are rapidly gaining popularity around the world. The main reasons are that young people do not want to tie their lifes for a long time to one particular place, so as few household worries and finacial obligations as possible are their main aspiration points. Residents who live in this complex have a private personal space with seperate bathroom and kitchen areas, but the most important fact is that they both have comfortable infrastructure – spaces for work and rest. Leisure spaces include gym, cinema, games room, outdoor areas and terraces. She also points that similar type of co-living  concepts of community life are rapildy gaining popularity around the world between seniors or mature people.
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The success was reached by close cooperation and a shared vision

Kazimieras Reimeris and Aukse Garsvaite Reimeriene are the architects who designed the interior of the building, both of them are representatives of the “TRYS A.M. Architektai“ office. The interior and furniture solutions in this project were implemented by UAB “ERGOLAIN PROJEKTAI“ company.Monika Drigotiene, who is the Head of Sales Projects Department in this company, said that this project is unique in several aspects. “Co-living projects are just beggining to be implemented, but there are no doubts that this attractive and unique lifestyle concept will gain populiarity in the future“.

Secondly, Monika Drigotiene says, that the establishement of this type of projects require specific projects and manufacturing processes management competence and experience. "One of the biggest challenge is that furniture has to be installed while building process is ongoing. It complicates the whole process, requires constant communication and precize project schedule has to be followed by all project members.

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UAB „Ergolain projektai" The Head of Sales Department Monika Drigotiene / photo author Rasa Asmonaite

Architects: it is not a dormitory, also not a hotel

According the architect A. Garsvaite Reimeriene, before preparing the "Liv In Vilnius" project, team gave a similar building tour in the United Kingdom and acquinted with the projects in other countries, as they have specific architectural and functional requirements. "Our goal was to take over the best solutions and design a building that meets all the  expectations of Lithuanian consumers.

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The architect says that the architectural idea was not to create a dormitory, apartment or hotel, but a unique living space, which could not only guarantee quality of life, but and promote community spirit. "When designing, we tried to avoid dark boring corridors and associations with the hotel" says the A. Garsvaite Reimeriene. "The whole complex is divided into 5 cozy buildings, they are connected by open galleries.  The architect says that the open galleries not nly provide residents with the opportunity to move freely between different buildings, but also form cozy indoor patios that blur the clear boundaries between indoor and outdoor. “Landscape architects have built courtyards between the buildings, which are also adapted for internal community events or activities. We also installed a green terrace on the roof of the building for community events and leisure. ”

"Liv in Vilnius" rents 240 apartments of six different types, with a total area ranging from 20 to 39 square meters. "People who start living here will naturally create an acceptable mood and interior style with their brought items and interior accessories, therefore we have chosen the most neutral color solutions for room interiors," the architect emphasized. On the first floor of the central building, a spacious reception area with rest and cooperation areas for work, communication and recreation has been designed. “Together with the architect, we thought about every detail of the furniture to make living in a small space comfortable and convenient. Furniture, interior and layout solutions in this project are characterized by conceptuality, modern design, maximally functional and ergonomic, ”emphasized D. Jakaite. The interlocutors of UAB "Ergolain projektai" agree that the interest of real estate developers in cohabitation concept projects is growing. "A number of companies that are just planning to start, turn to us for consultations, because we have practical experience in setting up many co-living projects, so we have no doubt that this is not the last such project for our company," says Drigotienė.