Intersecting Lifestyle with Design and Tech

How design and technology are re-inventing our lifestyles.

UKO is a collection of unique spaces where you can live in inner-Sydney in your own way. Each space is unique and purpose-built for its site and suburb.

UKO co-living communities are inspired by the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille, France, designed by architect, Le Corbusier. The 1950’s design was a response to families in need of housing after the bombings of France. This new housing project focused on the concept of functionality and communal living… yes, very far-flung from the ‘American dream’ of a car and a house in the suburbs born out of the late 20th century.

In another project, Le Corbusier explored minimalist living designing and living, for a time, in Cabanon de Vacances (holiday cottage). This design is starkly different from the Unite d’Habitation, however, embodies the same concepts and the exploration of minimalism and functionality through design.

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Cabanon de vacances

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UKO Stanmore

The influence of green colour and raw materials utilised in the Cabanon de vacances is evident at UKO Stanmore. UKO has taken tried concepts, combined them, and is executing them in a new context — time and place. Now is a time of significant disruption, now is technologically advanced and how we create communities is fundamentally different to the 1950’s.

A new age

The concepts of community, locality, and practicality pioneered by Le Corbusier are carried through in co-living. Co-living embodies a similar role of cafes during the Age of Enlightenment that brought on social change in Europe. Two centuries before Le Corbusier, it was the cafes that were a significant place for meetings and interaction — the generation of, and collaboration on ideas. UKO communities are becoming such places.

How living spaces and communities are now transcending change is aided by technology in a new age that’s globalized and digital. However, the way in which it intersects with the real-world yearns for authenticity from users. We’re all human so the intersection is delicate. The family-unit and work may have evolved dramatically but home or community will always be a focal point of our lives.

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We hold supercomputers in the palms of our hands.

Technology designed around UKO Life

The way that co-living spaces, such as UKO, are employing technology evolves tenants as customers by delivering a complete rental experience. With simply your phone you can organise a UKO tour, subscribe to live at a space, pay your weekly subscription, unlock your front door, and connect with the UKO social networks and to events. When Design as a discipline is elevated with technology we’re on our way to achieving the new 21st-century dream.