The desire of the Millennial generation to live in the diverse community of the city has created an urban revitalization in recent years, leading many cities to increase development of residential units and companies to relocate their business headquarters to urban locations. Young professionals have established their lives and careers in the city and now the oldest segment of this group is starting to think about marriage and children. Unlike previous generations, they are looking for opportunities to remain in the cities to raise their families.

How can residential design meet the future needs of millennial families?

Urban Nest proposes a new way of living for families in an urban environment by curating a mixed-use ground level, providing units tailored to families, and creating community through family-friendly programmatic elements and planned activities.

Three unique floor plans were created for families at different stages of life: The New Family (1 bedroom + flex space), The Young Family (2 bedrooms), and The Growing Family (3 bedrooms). The floor plans also offer features catered to a family’s needs during the different stages of parenthood. Solutions for flexibility of spaces, increased storage and convenient access to everyday necessities have been incorporated into each unit plan.

Families Woven into the Urban Fabric

Urban families tend to value a culturally diverse living experience with unique social opportunities for their children. An interactive and playful building design further promotes these values. Colorful graphics and patterns and youthful design elements incorporated into the exterior design provide urban families with a home that makes an architectural statement about their inclusion in an already diverse urban fabric.

Creating a Kid-Friendly Sidewalk Environment

Safety is a concern for all parents. In the suburbs, children can run up and down sidewalks with little worry. In an urban setting, however, there is more traffic and distraction. To help mitigate this issue, a variety of design solutions can be applied to an urban family mixed-use building at the ground level.