Local coworking group Independants Hall is taking the next logical step in their mission to create community in the creative scene in Philadelphia, embarking on a cohousing project called K’House (pronounced like Ka-boom, in case you’re wondering). The new cohousing building will be located at 1711 N. Howard St. in Kensington, on a block with decent existing housing stock and a number of currently vacant lots.
Future K'House site
Looking north up the street
With a design by DIGSAU and working with Postgreen on the development side, Indy Hall will build a totally unique six-unit property with numerous common spaces for residents to enjoy. Each of the six units will have a kitchen and a living area for when residents want to keep to themselves, but the draw of the building will be the community areas. Those areas will include a shared living room, a usable basement space, a large kitchen and dining room, and a green roof deck.
Rendering, includes front lawn and bike parking
Living spaces in the rear of the building
While at first glance, this new building is pretty far up there, north of Cecil B. Moore Ave., the location is actually pretty great. It’s a couple of blocks from the Berks El station, so residents will be just a few stops away from Old City, where many likely work out of Indy Hall’s offices at 20 N. 3rd St., #201. And it’s literally two blocks from Fishtown, and all the coffeeshops and bars/restaurants you can handle.
For those interested in hearing more about this exciting new project, there is a meeting/bonfire/bar crawl at the site tonight at 6pm. Yes, you’re welcome for the advance notice.