From Papakāinga to Co-living: An architectural discussion of the communal
Communal living arrangements schism from the Anglo-american norm and begin to form architectural dichotomies, of the collective and individual, the private and public, islands and land-masses, urban and rural. This thesis examines these issues across various forms of communal living within New Zealand and abroad, weaving together this author's personal experience with communal living, in order to investigate how communal archetypes may blur boundaries and foster a sense of ‘collectiveness’ amongst inhabitants. This personal experience emerges from this author’s extended family’s holiday environment, a community of baches situated on Kawau Island. This comprises several related households and families, who come together for a length of time, sharing an array of facilities, activities and responsibilities, and these experiences drive this thesis’s investigation and design project.