Asumisen muutos

Asunto oli ennen yksityinen suojapaikka vastapainona työlle ja opiskelulle. Nyt kodin on tuotettava osallisuutta, onnellisuutta ja elinkeinoa.


Asumisen uusi järjestelmä

Kiinteistöt, määräykset ja hinnat ovat tärkeitä. Mutta hyvää asumista voidaan rakentaa myös kämppäkaveruuksilla, yhteiskeittiöillä, naapuriavulla, pihoilla, naapurisuhteilla ja käytävillä.



Lue päähavainnot minuutissa. Opi Hoasin muutoksesta. ”Meidän on siirryttävä kiinteistölähtöisyydestä asumislähtöisyyteen”, sanoo Hoasin toimitusjohtaja Heikki Valkjärvi.


Hoasin tarina

Hoas on tarjonnut opiskelijoille koteja vuodesta 1969. Kun alussa kokoonnuttiin television ääreen, nyt kaivataan pyöränkorjauspajoja. Asunnoista on pulaa yhä joka syksy.



HoasLab was a design project carried out by think tank Demos Helsinki and Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region between 2010–2012.

HoasLab has explored and developed new models for smart and shared living. The project has been supported by Tekes and is part of the official programme of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 year. The results of the project can summed up in four main points:


A sense of community in a house is a result of  communal action. To make it easier for new people to join, the activities must be fun, beneficial and temporary. Not only adding to safety and comfort, communal activities also draw people into decision making.


Even well designed spaces do not automatically create a community and even a building in a terrible condition can be great to live in. Walls, spaces and floors are also good communication tools. In order to boost the use of shared spaces, the shared spaces should fulfill needs that are not met in private spaces.


A bulletin board and an email list and are quite inefficient means of resident communication. The landlord must establish a two-way dialogue with the residents in a way that is meaningful to both parties. On the other hand a landlord isn’t needed for everything – capable residents can solve problems amongst each other. Solving problems publically, for instance via social media, is beneficial also to other residents.


Students of today are the society of tomorrow. The aging population, distribution of income and immigration are dramatically changing the demands for housing. It is becoming ever so clear that there is no such thing as a ‘normal student’. This is why the perception of residents must be based on research. The complete picture can be attained only by regularly collecting qualitative and quantitative data.

Demos Helsinki has developed twelve proposals for smart and shared housing out of the experiments of HoasLab.

1. Our shared matters

Resident democracy attracts a lot more people if there is also something easy and fun for the residents to do together.

2. Neighbourly help

Well organised communication makes it easier to ask and offer neighbourly help.

3. Hoas Hosts

Hoas hosts selected from the student population help in everyday problems and welcome new people in.

4. Collaborative Design

Students are included in the design process for new houses and renovations.

5. Talking Walls

Everyday living is made easier by using floors and walls for communication.

6. House Stories

Facebook pages for the buildings tell stories about the traditions of the house to new residents.

7. Hoas Antenna

Regular research transforms Hoas into an expert of student living.

8. Coupling Housing Service

Hoas website helps you students to find a future flatmate interested in similar issues.

9. Communal Pact

A tool such as an agreement for the fridge door for deciding on house rules reduces the friction of shared living.

10. Ongoing Lab

Hoas is a constant lab for students and schools.

11. Energy Smart Life

Energy Smart Life at Hoas means excellent shared spaces, energy consumption data provided for residents and nudging for smart behavior.

12. Spaces for Shared Living

Shared spaces are designed for a specific purpose. The house rules are decided jointly by the residents.